Tips for preventing mask fog
There is nothing more exciting than a new diving trip. When the weather is perfect and everything runs smoothly, it appears like nothing will ruin your day. Well, that is until your diving mask gets foggy. In a few seconds, the beautiful underwater world disappears, as thin fog covers the lens of your mask, keeping you from seeing clearly. It can be a real bummer and ruin the entire excitement of a diving experience. Wish to know what can be done to prevent this from happening? Here are some useful tips of how to manage a diving mask to prevent it from getting foggy.
Stop The Foging Mask
The foggy appearance of your diving mask happens when certain conditions are met. When the humidity of the air inside the mask is high, when there is tension on the surface of the lens and when the water has a particular temperature, tiny water drops, which form a moisture layer on the inside of the diving mask, are formed. To prevent this from happening, the cleaning and maintenance of your diving mask is important.
Clean your mask after you finish diving, to get all the debris like sand particles out. It is also recommended to dry the mask before storing it, to avoid it from developing unpleasant smells. But, when drying, don’t place the mask directly in the sun light. The sun rays can damage the silicone in your mask, causing it not to function properly. Also, when not wearing the mask, do not put it with the lens down, because they can get scratched by accident.
Still, how can a diving mask be defogged? The good old fashioned way is to simply spit in it and use your finger to spread it around. Yep, that’s right. Keep in mind but that spitting will not work if the mask dries out before use, so you will have to do this right before diving.
If you find this option too gross, than you can opt for cleaning your mask with a toothpaste. It doesn’t have to be any special tooth-whitening and extra fresh king. Just a regular toothpaste. Take a small quantity and rub it on the lens using a very soft cloth or finger. Do not use coarse material when doing so, because you can damage the lens. Other methods for defogging that work great especially on used diving masks include the use of a special defogging agent. You can find it in stores that provide diving equipment.
Glycerin soaps and dish washing detergents can also do the trick, but if they get in your eyes, they can be quite irritating. Baby shampoo will do the same trick. Moreover it smells heavenly and won’t sting your eyes. Put a small drop on each lens and spread with your finger shortly before going diving. When putting your mask on for the dive, rinse it first, but not too much so that you don’t remove the layer completely.
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When you buy a new mask, you can also use a flame from a lighter or tapered candle to get rid of the protective film from the manufacturing and prevent future fogging. However don’t do this if your mask has plastic lens, and do be careful for the flame not to touch the silicone of the mask. To defog the mask with a flame, keep the flame carefully on the inside of the mask, until the lens go black. Try not to overdo it and get the mask too hot. Stop once the lens are black and allow the mask to cool down. When it is cold enough use a soft cloth and soap to clean the resulted soot.