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burning the film on your mask

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

  1. LeadTurn_SD

    LeadTurn_SD Solo Diver

    Aye.... but beer tastes much better....

    Wait, you meant in the mask.... :D

    I'll still use a few of these to clean MY mask :beer: :beer: :beer: ..... I mean WHILE I clean my mask... :beer: :beer: :beer: ....

    In fact, with enough beer I no longer care as much if my mask fogs....


    Best wishes.
  2. FritzCat66

    FritzCat66 Florida Reef Cat ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Florida's Space Coast
    I have not tried the Bic lighter technique, but it occurs to me that several masks nowadays (including my Cressi) have lenses that are relatively easily removed from the frame. I'm guessing you could remove the lenses and then burn them, boil them, sandblast them, or whatever else you wanted to do to get rid of any film.
  3. HowardE

    HowardE Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida
    I always burn the film off my new masks. You can see it burn up.

    Then I clean the soot off with soft scrub lightly with my finger, or just soapy water and my finger.

    Works great. Doesn't ruin the mask.

    While I still use defog on my mask, I can't say if I really need to.
  4. 16rl

    16rl Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Hey Fritz, I recently bought a Cressi big eyes crystal mask; do you know where I can learn how to remove the frame ? Thanks :)
  5. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

    You burn the film by passing a BIC lighter flame over the interior of the lens, not an acetylene torch. I seriously doubt playing a lighter flame over the lens will damage the mask.

  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Sorry, I did not read the responses, is this not the toothpaste solution?
  7. stakanak

    stakanak Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Long Beach, Ca
    The toothpaste idea works great getting the film off the glass. Do it two or three times and you're ready to go.
    Fogging can still occur even after using spit, de-fogger, or Naupaka.
    This is because our body temp will always be warmer than the ambient exterior temp of the water, thus causing condensation.
    I try to even this out after entering the water by submerging my face a few times without my mask on.
    In cold water or when diving below a thermocline, practice mask clearing by fully flooding your mask for a few seconds.

    Get Wet!
  8. captain

    captain Captain

  9. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
  10. al248005

    al248005 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bridgeport, Ohio
    I just tried this on my new Oceanic Mini Shadow. I've had the mask for about 6 months now and have cleaned it multiple times with toothpaste with no luck. Had a hard time getting in around the edges due to the small frame. Would holding the flame on the outside of the lens work too. Just thinking it might heat the lens up enough to rid the film on the inside? Probably going to go back over it again tomorrow with the lighter.

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