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  1. lowviz

    Anxiety that doesn’t seem to leave

    Stay within your range. Ray's Law: "You are only as good as your next dive." You know what your range is. Keep it fun and leave enough 'panic elbow-room' to assist another diver within your range. Your range expands and contracts due to endless variables. Forget the certs, just dive the...
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    SOLD!!! RARE!! Scubapro G250 Crystal/MK25 with R380 backup set

    Thanks, you are correct. I'll pass and live with the scratches. If I pretty it up too much I won't be likely to dive it. No worries, I still treat it with kid gloves...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    Oops. I overlooked this question. Mask taken out of box from manufacturer, added seasoning cream, left undisturbed for three entire days, sprayed off cream with kitchen sink sprayer (no soap), tested for fogging. Placed into dishwasher's upper rack and ran one standard cycle including dry...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    Good question. The mix gives off a constant but very faint odor of ammonia. You have to go looking for it to smell it.
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    It is all about ammonia, but OK... I used the above toothpaste and ammonium bicarbonate 1:1 by weight, 20 grams each. Stir endlessly in a medicine vial with a Korean metal chopstick. :wink: Vial shown. You will end up with a crumbly gritty mixture. Add tap water by drops with stirring...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    @stuartv, My best guess, not thoroughly tested: Absolute minimum: ammonium bicarbonate and water Bulking agent: add sodium bicarbonate to above (baking soda, NOT baking powder) Anti-drying agent: add a humectant (glycerol or PEG-8) to above (I used toothpaste) Commercial formulation: add...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    3-day results are in (along with a mystery). First, the seasoning cream was allowed to coat (for 3 days) the right lens of a brand new mask. The cream was washed off and nothing remarkable was seen as far as resisting fog! Initially, this looked like an abject failure. HOWEVER, I ran the...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    Update: A pourable cream of 1:1 (by weight) tooth paste : ammonium bicarbonate and sufficient water is now 'seasoning' one half of a brand new mask, right out of the box. Being done in the open air so that all hard plastic parts are not affected. -let you know the results in three days... In...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    I can easily show you ultraclean glass that beads water worse than anything. All you need to do is convert the glass surface by treating it with trimethylsilyl chloride: Reference: Error - Cookies Turned Off Ignore the 'cookie error' if you get one on the link above. It is still clickable...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    Sorry, overlooked this question. 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick seems to be best. -now working on a 'cream' that can be tapped into place. Same formulation, just a bit more water.
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    You pretty much nailed it. :) Both abrasion and flaming are known to science as making a clean glass surface more hydrophilic (water loving). Authoritative references for both exist *somewhere* way back in this thread. I'll bring all the references forward when I summarize everything in...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    @-JD-, I think that I'm on to something: Mix toothpaste (Arm & Hammer) with Baker's Grade Ammonium Bicarbonate, 1:1. Carefully add water to just make a sticky paste. Apply to inner surface of lens and wait several days. Leave mask in the open air so that no ammonia can harm the hard...
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    Expanding ScubaBoard to social media

    On rare occasion, I've easily posted links to Vimeo along with passwords for SB users. Example: Vimeo . Can't embed, can't download. Works just fine, I'm sure that I could embed a link to my FB page IF I SO CHOSE TO DO SO. Count me in as another solid NONE. If I want to, I will, and have...
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    Question How do you start ScubaBoard?

    But the 'stay logged in' option means that they'll never see that box after the first click. Why ask someone who has opted to stay logged in to 'log in' again??? I clear it every time I log in because I don't want to stay logged in. So, by my plan, if I'm seen as being 'online' or 'logged...
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    Question How do you start ScubaBoard?

    My pet peeve is with logging in to the newest upgrade. The "stay logged in" box is always checked! If I don't want to stay logged in, then I have to uncheck this box every blessed time I check SB. Wouldn't it make more sense to have the default setting for this box to be UNCHECKED? If I...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    Sweet. One question. Did you flame, toothpaste, or just deal with the lenses until they became seasoned? Or maybe (as that mask is not 'frameless') it came reasonably seasoned right out of the box?
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    Correct, not at all good for the masks. Aqueous ammonia solution is too damaging to hard plastics to be recommended. It is, however, perfect for conditioning a hydrophobic glass surface into a hydrophilic glass surface. So, good for glass but bad for mask. The old ways of conditioning are...
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    Anti-Fogging Treatments for New Masks. (a comparison of techniques)

    Bad news and good news. Bad: See post #841. One last soak in ammonium hydroxide solution and they all failed at the strap adjusters: Good: So the problem is that we need ammonia on the inside of the lenses and nowhere else on the mask. PUBLIC NOTICE: I have purchased FOOD GRADE ammonium...
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    Trader Ratings

    Any chance for the return of 'Trader Ratings'? If they are back, I can't seem to find them...
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