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Old 04 March 2007, 11:50   #1
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"Phace" Saved!

Thanks John for the two masks.

They had a baptism of fire (or more correctly "ice") yesterday.

Aries IV was out in the Solent yesterday afternoon, when it became very dark and the fiercest hailstones came over. They really hurt!

My daughter and I quickly put on our masks and went through the "stones" at 35kts. Mind you, I did have to cover the top of my head, as we weren't wearing hats. Sorry - no pictures but we both thought that they didn't look so "odd" as we had anticipated.

I found that my lens was not as clear as I would have liked and shall investigate what people use on motorcycle helmet visors. I know that a product exists for car windscreens, so there is a chance that something similar will be available for perspex visors/lenses.

Well done John - They work!

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Rain-ex will shed the water from the visor nicely but I've found Mr Sheen fills minor scratches and adds to the clarity of a visor.
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Old 04 March 2007, 12:54   #3
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Thanks JW,

I'll give it a try.

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search ebay for anti-fogging stick or try Bob Heath Visor anti-fog spray (bike shops sell it)
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Old 04 March 2007, 14:45   #5
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Thanks for your replies.

I've done a little research.

Rain-ex is specifically designed for glass. Not sure if it would be OK to use on plastic. JW - Have you actually tried it on a plastic visor?

Bob Heath's Visor anti-fogging spray (and presumably the "anti-fogging stick") are for inside the mask. I am pleased to say that the mask did not steam up on the inside. It was getting the rain/ice off that was the problem.

There are a few cleaners around but they seem to be for removing bug splats and the like. I am still searching for something that is designed for the purpose of making the rain run off. Sorry, I should have clarified this.

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Glad the masks saved your phaces!

Rain-X is great. I've used it on glass and various plastics: windscreens, googles, glasses, even on engine instruments. The only thing I'd be careful of is a chart plotter screen as some of them have rather sensitive coatings.

Go ahead and get some Rain-X for your lenses. If it causes any problems I replace the lenses.

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PS As Chris found out, whatever they use for anti-fogging on these lenses really works!
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Rain-ex is specifically designed for glass. Not sure if it would be OK to use on plastic. JW - Have you actually tried it on a plastic visor?
Yep, that's what I bought it for. I've used it for a number of years. It doesn't improve the clarity though, it just produces a water repelling surface.
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2 Cheap alternatives, Saliva or washing up liquid use it on my swimming goggles and they both work a treat
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Rain-x was originally designed for aircraft canopies - the vast majority of these are plexiglass or similar - not real glass.
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These are good. I've got some. :-

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These are good. I've got some. :-

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But he doesn't need any anti-fogging stuff!

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But he doesn't need any anti-fogging stuff!

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The anti-fog stuff makes rain bead up if applied to the outside-maybe I should have said!
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As a power boat racer this is right at the top of the list! Rain X and Bob Heath anti fog are two of the best products and have worked for a number of years for myself and a number of others! - They also apply these to canopy race boat windscreens by the way.
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I read somewhere that the surface has to be super-clean before applying Rain-X. I have had a bottle kicking around for ages and thought I might put some on the RIB screen, what is the best thing for cleaning it with? I have some lense cleaner designed for prescription glasses, would that be good or does that leave its own coating? Meths? Soapy water?
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I read somewhere that the surface has to be super-clean before applying Rain-X. I have had a bottle kicking around for ages and thought I might put some on the RIB screen, what is the best thing for cleaning it with? I have some lense cleaner designed for prescription glasses, would that be good or does that leave its own coating? Meths? Soapy water?
I just used to rinse it off and wipe dry with a soft cloth before applying it - worked fine! Meths might do nasty things to some plastics and soapy water might leave a film - plain water is best!
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Thanks Guys!

I shall get some Rain-Ex. It sounds like exactly what I am looking for.

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I just found this stuff in a motor factor so bought some to try it. Apparently it's a new product.

It does say don't use on plastics on it but I'm going to try it out on an old pair of plastic lensed glasses and an old bike visor to see if it's ok. If not I'll just use it on the car...
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What the blazes is a nano-wipe applicator!!?? Sounds like somink off red dwarf! Marketing gone mad!
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What the blazes is a nano-wipe applicator!!??

It's a soft cloth... Go and switch on the H20 molecule exciting solution will you old boy?
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