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Toothpaste, really?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by k4kafka, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. k4kafka

    k4kafka Barracuda

    Recently purchased two new masks. An Atomic Frameless 2 and an Oceanic Shadow (my backup).
    My initial trip to the pool produced fogging on both. It’s been a while since I bought a dive mask...so I guess it’s necessary to “prepare” the interior glass with a few swipes of what...Colgate ?
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Lemon scent Soft Scrub. Rinses easier than toothpaste. Make sure you do it 5-6 times.
  3. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

    I would burn it off the face of the glass with a lighter. Only way to be sure.
    StefinSB, Ghosty, Newdiv and 2 others like this.
  4. Dan

    Dan Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    Flame it! I did it on both of my masks

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  5. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Currently: Cozumel, from Canada
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  6. msinc

    msinc Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Maryland
    I had a lot of trouble with masks fogging. Toothpaste, Sea buff, or some other stuff, doesn't much matter what, the important thing is to do it 6 or 7 times. Once just will not do it, in fact once doesn't really do much of anything at all. I also found that it worked better if I carefully rinsed and dried the glass in between applications. Use paper towels and toss them after each use, otherwise you are just smearing the stuff back on the glass. I washed and rinsed the entire mask too, because it's the mold release on the silicone body that you are trying to get rid of. If you just do the glass you will likely have more migrate back on the glass eventually. You still have to use defog when diving no matter what, but unless the mask is free of the mold release it will fog no matter what. You might also find that the Atomic will want to fog if the water is a little cold because it is low volume and the glass right up near your eyes and forehead sits very close to your warm head.
    Use fire at your own risk...I don't care how fantastic it worked once for the rest of the world, it is not worth it to me ruining a $170.00 mask.
  7. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    There is a residual chemical film on the glass from the manufacturing process. Special cleaning agents, scrubs and countless techniques, including toothpaste, to remove this film have been marketed and prescribed. I have found “flaming” the glass is the only thing that is guaranteed to work.
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  8. stepfen

    stepfen Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Greece
    Also keep in mind that if you routinely touch the internal part of the glass with your fingers (eg to clean it after some time of no use, or to spread your saliva if you use this "fog prevention" method) fat residue from your fingers builds up causing fogging in the long term and every now and then (50 uses or more) you will need to repeat the cleaning with toothbrush, soap or similar stuff.
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  9. Pkishino

    Pkishino Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sweden
    Dish washer is a tip I got from local distributer. Works great
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  10. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    When you use toothpaste to scrub, I find using a toothbrush to go at it while doing it does a better job. :)
    Ghosty, Doc and flyboy08 like this.

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