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Mask Care

Mask Care

Post Number:#1  Postby run » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:42 am

Critical scuba diving gear requires annual inspection and service by a qualified technician, but even dive masks — your window to the underwater world — need some special TLC. Here’s guide to keeping your mask in tiptop shape in 5 easy steps.

Predive
1. If you haven’t replaced your mask strap with a stretchy fabric one, stretch out the strap to look for fine cracks. If you do find any, immediately replace the strap.
2. Examine the silicone of your mask skirt. The most common failure area on a mask is the feather-edged seal on the skirt. This can become imperfect or irregular in shape with time and heavy use, and that irregularity can create leaks.
3. Check all the buckles, which can crack, split or become clogged with debris that can interfere with how they function. Then check the frame of your mask for cracking, chips or other obvious signs of wear, especially in the areas immediately adjacent to the glass lens.

Postdive
1. To avoid mildew growth, rinse your mask in warm, fresh water and allow it to drip dry completely before packing it away.
2. Pack the mask loosely, so nothing distorts the mask skirt. Leaving it squashed into a weird position for a long period of time will cause it to take on an unnatural shape.

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Re: Mask Care

Post Number:#2  Postby Narco » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:12 pm

Well, the basic. BUt I like to add on:

Scuba Dive Mask Care


When you purchase a new mask, there may be an oily film on it. This is from the manufacturer and helps to protect the mask during shipping. What works best to remove this? Good 'ol toothpaste! Put a small drop on the lens and rub it over the areas that have this residue on them. This would also include the strap. Thoroughly rinse the mask in fresh water and reinspect to make sure it is clean. Repeat if necessary.

Just make sure it is not a gel toothpaste. I have always used plain Crest for this (and to clean my dive slate) with no ill effects. Removing this film will stop the mask from fogging.

Maintenance of your scuba dive mask is straightforward. No rocket science here. Just follow these simple steps:
 
  • Always rinse your mask in freshwater after diving. You need to clean out any sand or grit that may have gotten into the mask and get rid of any salty residue.

  • Thoroughly dry mask before storing. You don't want anything to start growing on your mask. Not to mention possible odors.

  • Never dry your mask in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can start to degrade the silicone so keep the mask out of the sun.

  • Place you mask face-up. Don't put your mask face down when you are not wearing it. The lens could get scratched - which could drive you nuts on every dive!

  • Periodically clean your scuba dive mask. As described above, you should clean your mask with a little bit of toothpaste every now and then. It will help remove things from the lens and will also help keep it from fogging (see below). Rinse well after using the toothpaste and you are good to go.
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