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burning the film on your mask

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Big fish63, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. scadreau

    scadreau PADI Pro

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    I have used the torch method mentioned above. Just quick "splashes" with the torch and the film goes away. Takes about 5 seconds a side.

    Then I just use whatever cleaner is around to take out any smell. Works great and takes way less time and effort than scrubbing with toothpaste/mask scrub.

    From what I understand, the "film" is some type of laminate that is placed on the glass to keep the glass from cracking during the cut.
     
  2. miketsp

    miketsp Solo Diver

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    I must have used a lighter flame on at least 10 new masks over the last 40 years. All of them improved significantly after the treatment. None of them ever came near to being damaged and bear in mind that silicone mask skirts are a fairly recent innovation. My older (Nemrod & Spirotechnique) masks had rubber skirts.
     
  3. SoccerJeni

    SoccerJeni Scuba Baby

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    I guess all you've said makes sense...maybe one day I'll get a little crazy and try this out...I'm still just getting used to the idea. I suppose I can't hurt the mask if I move the flame quickly and stay away from the skirt. Just funny to think about.

    So you do this flame thing only 1 time then, and it's fixed?
     
  4. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

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    I normally burn the inner glass for a few seconds, then scrub with toothpaste (using finger for friction). Wash. Repeat the whole process 4-5 times.
     
  5. Johnny Mojo

    Johnny Mojo Nassau Grouper

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    Hey Jenni,

    It only took once for mine and my daughters! We did as I described in my post above and then did 1 tooth paste treatment. No more problems!

    J.
     
  6. Big fish63

    Big fish63 Barracuda

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    thanks for all the replys. i have just done this. first of all i did a test on a older mask . i removed the strap so it couldnt get in the way and then held a flame to it 3 times in 15/20 sec intervals. At no time did i hold the flame in one place. i then gave it a good rinse under water but i waited 20mins because the glass was hot. i removed a bit of black soot and all is fine. i will have to wait untill march to let you know if it worked though:depressed:. i might go through the process again if i need to. i repeated this on my new mask.
     
  7. SoccerJeni

    SoccerJeni Scuba Baby

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    Just jump in the bathtub! I need to know before March. :rofl3:
     
  8. Johnny Mojo

    Johnny Mojo Nassau Grouper

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    March!? You DO have a bathtub don't ya?:D

    Your mask won't fog in March.

    Cheers!

    <Edit> I didn't Read what Jenni said.

    J.
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  9. Big fish63

    Big fish63 Barracuda

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    "March!? You DO have a bathtub don't ya?"

    nope i have to be hosed down in the garden.

    "Your mask won't fog in March."

    could have told me before! i wouldn't have taken a flame to my mask....:wink:


    well i doesn't fog up when i put it on my face for a couple of minutes. i couldn't see out of it before...
     
  10. Aaron528

    Aaron528 Divemaster Candidate

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    I agree, the extension lighters work better for this task. Besides the trigger feature that keeps your hand well away from the flame, it gives you the ability to direct the flame more accurately. These lighters also tend to have better quality + - control for the flame size. It helps.

    FWIW, Atomic masks are notorious for not coming clean with toothpaste, soft scrub, or any of the other scrubbing stuff. Nothing else worked on mine but burning. It worked like a charm and I won't do it any other way now.

    One other tip: If you're concerned about hitting the plastic/rubber at all, you can mount a strip of duct tape around the inside of the rim before burning. Obviously, if you keep the flame on there for too long it will scorch the tape and heat the rubber beneath, but it does provide some protection if you linger a bit too long near the edge.
     

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