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How comes only half of the mask gets fogged

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Sbiriguda, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    I think @chillyinCanada is on the right track here. Spit, rise and don is the usual method. I do mine slightly different but all the steps are there. I spit (the greener the cleaner LOL) and then spread across the lenses using my finger. Then I don the mask and backroll in. Once at the surface and safe, I then rinse the mask with water. Usually I just duck my face in and flood the mask, then lift my head out, pull out the bottom of the mask to dump the water. Now I am ready to dive.

    I say all that but basically the main issue is to spit, spread, rinse and put it on your face right away..right as you are about to get in the water. DO NOT touch the lenses inside once you have rinsed or you will have ruined your work and need more spit.
     
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  2. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    I can rinse it in water, but I believe it must be either some silicon left on the right lens or something wrong with the skirt. For example the silicon could be slightly damaged only on the right side of the skirt, or I breathe in a slightly different way with the right nostril and this is enough to get the mask fogged only on the right lens. I will try all the remaining methods (lighter flame, dishwasher, potatoes, napalm and whatever else) and then ditch the mask or sell it to someone who perhaps will not experience the same issue with it
     
  3. Jcp2

    Jcp2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
     
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  4. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    Hahahaha
    That’s for sure...
    In the meanwhile I dared to ask about this gibberish topic to the very big boss of my freediving group. He trains with Pellizzari and Genoni (former world champions and recordmen), I was shy to ask him about this. He said take the toothpaste, spread it on the glass in and out. Spread it on the skirt and on every other part of the mask. Don’t touch it for one day and one night and then rinse it with warm water. When you dive spit inside the glass, wait some time and rinse it, use the mask and don’t remove it. This will work out for sure
     
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  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I thought that you had already used the toothpaste? Did he tell you which type of toothpaste that it must be to be most effective ? Not the brand, the type. It must be old school white type.
     
  6. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    I already tried toothpaste but not on the skirt and not for one day and one night. The one I used is Oral B whitening ‘delicate’ or ‘mild’ should be more or less the old school white toothpaste
     
  7. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    I suspect a “mild” toothpaste may not have the fine polish in a regular toothpaste that provides the slight abrasive needed to clean the mask.
     
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  8. FreeFlyFreak

    FreeFlyFreak Solo Diver

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    Use a couple drops of dishsoap and scrub with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
    Worked great on a mask I have that defied the toothpaste method multiple times.
     
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  9. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

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    Trying this last method by FreeFlyFreak as my latest mask sure has defied all other methods...thanks!
     
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  10. formernuke

    formernuke Manta Ray

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    I have really good results with J and J baby shampoo. Put on after my after dive gear rinse, let dry and rinse right in ocean/pool right before dive.
     

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