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What's your best mask defogger?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks & Snorkels' started by Primus67, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Spit, or baby shampoo. Not green lungers.
     
  2. KDAD

    KDAD Contributor

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    Spit but I have also kept the small bottles of shampoo that hotels leave out for guests and they usually work well and pack nice.
     
  3. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You've not had any issues with normal shampoo stinging your eyes?
     
  4. Primus67

    Primus67 Registered

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    Spit doesn't seem to do anything for me. My mask fogs up in a few minutes. I never tried baby shampoo. How do you use it?
     
  5. Bill Parker

    Bill Parker Solo Diver

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  6. KDAD

    KDAD Contributor

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    Don't remember ever having regular shampoo sting my eyes but I only use a small drop on each side and rinse it off so that there isn't much left. I ran out of my supply of the small bottles and most likely will not be replacing them. Spit works just as well and I don't have to worry about it.
     
  7. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Contributor

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    Spit.

    but here's a tip, you know how they say to use tooth paste to inormally clean your lens, instead I use bon Ami.
    We use to use it in the sign business to clean window glass absolutely clean before we did reverse glass gilding (bank gold).
    Remembering that I prepped my mask with Bon ami and it worked better than anything else. My experience is that nothing will work well if your mask has a film left on it.

    The other slimy material that works well besides spit is abalone slime. I figured that one out by the process of similarization. Any mucous based material will work and abalone or fish slime is king.
     
  8. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If you haven't already, take a lighter to your lense, the chemicals from manufacturing and I think also over time bleed onto the lenses which will not help a fogging issue at all. I find a lighter works more effectively than toothpaste. I burn the lense until a black soot appears, burnt chemicals, then give it a good clean with hot soapy water. I usually repeat this process once a year. Just before descending I spit in my mask and thoroughly rub around lense, I dip it once in water and then put on. I've been doing this for a fair few years and don't remember the last time my mask fogged.
     
  9. Silty Sam

    Silty Sam ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    ...a full face mask...:wink:
     
  10. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

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    I just spit in the mask, works great with no fogging to date on dives in the 3 hour range in waters down to the 30*s F.
     

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