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Old 03-19-2007, 06:33 PM
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Shaving Cream = AntiFog

I have been using Bosh & Lomb anti-fog. Within 30 minutes of a game, my glasses are dripping with condensation.

Someone told me about shaving cream on bathroom mirrors and had to test it. I first tried it on part of the bathroom mirror. Turn the shower on hot and 10 minutes later the mirror was dripping with condensation except where I applied the shaving cream.

So I put some on my mask and glasses. Played for 6 hours on Saturday and not once did my glasses or my mask fog.

Not sure if it will cause any long term degradation to the polycarbonate lens. Guess I have a research project.


Edit ..(Additional comments research)..
See my post #8 below... I have found a chemical in the shaving cream that will attack the integrity plastic.

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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

I would not recommend using shaving cream on your lens. It will wear down the coating and possibly weaken your lens.
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

What coating are you speaking of?
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

There is an anti-fog coating on most if not all lens. The way i understand it is that over time this coating wears off and the plastic becomes weakened and unsafe. That is why you should replace your lens atleast once a year.
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

I tired that trick once and it didn't work for me. How long did you leave the cream on your lenses?
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

Hmm, I just use FogTech. It may cost a bit more, but it's designed for lenses and won't harm them in any way. One little bottle lasts a fairly long time too.
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

Most shaving creams use softening agents. I believe I have seen threads like this on other forums and the consensus says don't do it, It will weaken the plastics due to the chemical make up of the cream, take it for what it's worth most lenses have a warning not to use anything but whats made for them... ...PG
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

Yep..
The problem is the coating is already gone, that is why I'm fogging. I tried a couple different coatings for anti-fog with minimal results. I was surprised that shaving cream work as good as it does.
The factory coating will not affect the strength of the Polycarbonate (PC) plastic that the lens is made of. However, I'm not sure if the shaving cream that will attack the plastic.
Replacing the lens ever year is a definite must for safety. UV will degrade clear PC over time.

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How long did you leave the cream on your lenses?
I applied Gillette Gel, waited minute, the rubed it of till it was clear again.
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

If I may throw in my two cents in about how to stop fogging. First thing is to make sure you buy a good mask. Make sure the foam is still soft and not hard. You want to make sure the foam touches all around eyes or most of it. Second the anti fog coating only lasts for so long. I replace the lens in my mask about once a year. When I am not playing at lest once a week I spry on the anti fog spray to help build it up on my lenses at least once a week. Still your better off buying new lenses once a year. I know it can be pricey after a while but what's a having no fog worth to you?

Last spring I bought a V Force Profiler, it coast me around $90 or so after tax. I didn't have any fogging problems at all during the summer. To wards the winter my lens started to fog just a little. I have a new lens in my bag ready to go just in case the fogging gets really bad. So I spend about $25 a year on new lenses. Well worth my money to have a game free of fogging no matter how hot or cold it is out side.
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:39 PM
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Re: Shaving Cream = AntiFog

Forget about the treatment of the lens and help eliminate the water problem that is causing the wetting of the lens first?

Try this trick... rub some Anti-Perspirant (NOT deodarant) on your forehead and nose area, simular to putting on sunblock, and wear a sweat band, bandanna, or hat. That will help eliminate the water/condensation from getting into your mask's lens area in the first place...

It sounds silly, but it really works. I have been doing this trick for years. At the Battle of Stalingrad a few weeks back my teammates woke me up at an ungodly hour and I forgot to do it, well, I fogged up all day...

Lesson to me that day was to lock my hotel door and get up when I want too...lol
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