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burning the film on your mask

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

  1. Johnny Mojo

    Johnny Mojo Nassau Grouper

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    Now that's funny......:mooner: :D

    J.
     
  2. MRadke

    MRadke Solo Diver

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    I have a new Tilos flex frameless mask with prescription lenses. Noone at the LDS mentioned word one about having to do any aggressive cleaning to prevent fogging. I haven't dove with the mask yet. Is this something that was possibly cleaned up prior to installing the lenses?
     
  3. Aaron528

    Aaron528 Divemaster Candidate

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    I'm not 100% sure about all lenses available, but I believe most prescription lenses inserted in masks are plastic, not glass. Attempting to burn junk off a plastic lens would be a bad idea, and I don't think it's necessary. I would punt back to the customer service folks at Tilos to see what they'd recommend for preparing a prescription mask.
     
  4. UnderSeaBumbleBee

    UnderSeaBumbleBee Solo Diver

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    If you burn the film off, do you still need to use anti fog or spit?
     
  5. Gombessa

    Gombessa DIR Practitioner

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    Yeah, most likely. From my experience, the layer makes a new mask fog up intolerably regardless of how much spit/antifog you use. Once you get rid of it (burn or toothpaste), you generally still need to antifog, but it actually works now.
     
  6. LeadTurn_SD

    LeadTurn_SD Solo Diver

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    "That Thar" is the key.

    Elbow grease + white toothpaste until you have almost developed tendinitis... then rinse, rest and repeat..... then rinse, rest, consume a beer, and repeat.... etc.

    It has always worked, even on stubborn masks....

    But "burning" does sound a lot faster, and I've also heard it works well.... maybe on my next new mask, in 5 or 10 years :idk:

    Best wishes.
     
  7. String

    String Master Instructor

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    Apparently its the latter.

    We did have a fairly annoying DMT years ago that pre-season opening had the job of toothpasting (didnt use lighters then sadly) all the new masks for the season - 50 of them.
    We hadnt seem him for HOURS, went to see what was taking him so long and found he was doing the inside of the glass with toothpaste....AND then the outside.

    ...well he was ginger :)
     
  8. Scott L

    Scott L Solo Diver

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    :D...
     
  9. stakanak

    stakanak Barracuda

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    Here is what I do: I vigorously scrub the inside of the lens with toothpaste, let it dry, then light the toothpaste on fire until it is sooty. I rinse the soot off with Gold's de fogging drops and then repeat as necessary! Works like a charm and smells great too!
    Get Wet
     
  10. knowone

    knowone Regular of the Pub

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    Metho works, and it's cheaper than beer.
     

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