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Old 03-18-2017, 03:51 PM   #1
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Masks that are actually anti fog

Not a newbie by any means and I used a cressi mask for a few years that was pretty good at not fogging. Switched to the mako minimus and not to bash mako but the mask fogs super easy even with toothpaste/anti fog applications.

Haven't been able to dive for over a year due to a gnarly head injury/tbi but I'm getting ready to give it a shot again.

I'm willing to drop the money, has anyone landed on a mask that's actually anti fog?
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:46 PM   #2
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

Don't blame the mask,,,blame the fit.

Physics says Warm Moist air{breathe} hitting a cold surface {glass} results in moisture {fog}.

You basically have 2 solutions. Tighten the mask strap tighter so you can't leak air bubbles out of it underwater {warm moist air} or buy a different mask that seals to yourr face better than your current mask.

Shave closer and Lastly stop smiling underwater,,it breaks the seal and then it fogs
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:25 AM   #3
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

Have you tried burning the lense? MAKO has an instructional video on how to do it.
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:52 PM   #4
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Have you tried burning the lense? MAKO has an instructional video on how to do it.
Here's that video for the curious like me:
https://youtu.be/TxywBgSkBe4
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:17 AM   #5
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

I think it is great that Mako takes the time to produce all the DIY videos that they do. They are very helpful

However, everything else I buy that's dive related is ready to use as delivered - snorkel, fins, etc., unless I specifically buy individual components that I intend to assemble myself from the get-go. Am I the only one that thinks its about time the manufacturers belly up to the bar and deliver a mask that is ready to use right out of the box?
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Old 05-09-2017, 11:30 AM   #6
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I think it is great that Mako takes the time to produce all the DIY videos that they do. They are very helpful

However, everything else I buy that's dive related is ready to use as delivered - snorkel, fins, etc., unless I specifically buy individual components that I intend to assemble myself from the get-go. Am I the only one that thinks its about time the manufacturers belly up to the bar and deliver a mask that is ready to use right out of the box?
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Old 05-09-2017, 11:36 AM   #7
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I think it is great that Mako takes the time to produce all the DIY videos that they do. They are very helpful

However, everything else I buy that's dive related is ready to use as delivered - snorkel, fins, etc., unless I specifically buy individual components that I intend to assemble myself from the get-go. Am I the only one that thinks its about time the manufacturers belly up to the bar and deliver a mask that is ready to use right out of the box?
It's a way to identify the newbies.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:31 AM   #8
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

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I think it is great that Mako takes the time to produce all the DIY videos that they do. They are very helpful

However, everything else I buy that's dive related is ready to use as delivered - snorkel, fins, etc., unless I specifically buy individual components that I intend to assemble myself from the get-go. Am I the only one that thinks its about time the manufacturers belly up to the bar and deliver a mask that is ready to use right out of the box?
Don't forget about the middle man. They can help as well.

Masks and dive knifes are a great example. Most dive knives aren't sharp enough from the factory either. At my shop we have started prepping masks and we sharpen every knife before it leaves the door. That way I'm sure my customers get the best available product they can.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:12 PM   #9
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

Try Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Just a tiny drop will prevent fogging. Cheap and easy to find most anywhere.
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:39 PM   #10
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

I can recommend you the best non fogging mask that i have used for theist 3 years... But its the one you didn't like Mako minimum, I had to Burn the glass (flame to the glass inside wait till it gets cold, wash, dry and repeat) like 8 times, i just kept doing it until i could blow my breath (you know the hhhaaaaa) have it fog and defog in a second, if it fogged and stayed fogged i would do it again. then there was no need to do it again and just spit on it at the beginning of my dive day and maybe spit or wash with my tongue once mid day.

I was surprised about the number of times i had to do the lighter thing before i worked, but now i am happy.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:03 AM   #11
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

Sweet thanks guys haven't heard of the burning technique. Gonna give that a try.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:50 AM   #12
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

You just need to clean the mask - try the lighter method suggested above.

Regardless of how tight the mask is, there will be warm air coming out of your nose to equalize the mask on decent.
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Old 03-22-2017, 01:14 PM   #13
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

Aren't these masks just uncoated glass? I'm not sure how fogging properties from one to another would differ.

I have the minimus. I was having issues till I tried "sea gold anti-fog gel" I got at a LDS. A little bit of that rubbed in each side, two rinses, and it's 100% clear for the whole dive. Really happy with it.
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:49 AM   #14
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

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Aren't these masks just uncoated glass?
During manufacture, silicone residue gets on the glass. That is what you are burning away with the "lighter trick". Once you get it back to clean, uncoated glass, you see a lot less trouble with fogging.

The idea of rubbing toothpaste on the lenses is to solve the same problem, but I think the lighter method is easier and better.

The next single biggest issue that causes fogging for me is breathing out of my nose when diving, as mentioned earlier in this thread. It's worst when I'm tired and I just exhale in spurts out of my nose on the way up. It almost always leaves me fogged up in cold water.
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:33 AM   #15
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Re: Masks that are actually anti fog

It sure would be nice if any or all of the manufacturers could come up with a process that delivers a product the user doesn't have to mess around with every time they purchase a new mask.

I don't know the manufacturing process, but it seems like applying a peel off film on the glass, or a wash off gel prior to bonding shouldn't be that hard to figure out. On the other hand, if none of them have done it, then it probably is harder than I think it is.
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