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Do we still burn our mask??

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by timz, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. timz

    timz Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    uploadfromtaptalk1447171020116.jpg Hi everyone.... I bought my TUSA CEOS M212 around March this year. The LDS taught me to burn the lens from the inside to clean the silicone residue from the silicone skirt moulding during manufacturing process.

    As I was looking at some site for tear drop low volume mask, I came across a site with this attachment that warn us not to burn the modern mask and not to use toothpaste to scrub the mask.

    Anyone knows anything about this??
  2. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
    Yes, do as it says.

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  3. flots am

    flots am Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Wherever you go in life, that's where you are.
    "Burning" tempered glass was always a crapshoot, since the glass is already pre-stressed by the tempering process. A flame could easily turn the lens into tiny glass bits.

    Toothpaste might or might not be safe depending on how gritty it is. I've had good luck with it, but wouldn't guarantee it wouldn't cause problems for someone else.

    I use mask cleaner to initially clean the mask and defog to defog it.

    Regardless of what the warning says, I've never been able to get the silicone off using defog.
  4. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
    As with so many cover-their-butt cautions, the warning seems like overkill.

    True, any coated lens is at risk if you scrub with abrasive, or burn.

    But for traditional masks, I’ve had best luck with burning. Not worried about shattering because I keep the flame moving, and it doesn’t take long. Also have had success with Soft Scrub (or even non-gel toothpaste).

    I also doubt their advice that baby shampoo or defog will be effective for the initial removal of release agents or stuff that builds up over time.
    timz likes this.

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