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How to clean goggles lenses without putting on scratches?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Recd my Oakley A Frame Shaun White Red Illusion Stripe/Fire Iridium goggles today.

 

http://ca.oakley.com/customer-care/care-goggle

 

It's not clear about how to clean the outside surface of the lens.  I was thinking of using the oakley lens cleaning kit i have but...

 

"Iridium® Lenses: Oakley Iridium® lens coating is engineered to block glare and heighten contrast. An array of available tints allows the wearer to tune transmission of any light condition. The 12-micron jacket of Iridium® must be treated with special care to avoid scratching. Use only mild soap and water; never use cleaning solutions."

 

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post #2 of 6
Use the bag they came in, cotton, or a micro fiber cleaning cloth. Never use a paper towel or lodge napkin...you might as well clean them with a stick. Don't lay them face down. always store them in the bag they came with. And just as important, get a lighter lens for cloudy and stormy days like a hi-persimmon or hi-blue. The better you take care of them, the better you'll be able to see.
post #3 of 6
Your friendly neighborhood optician says: "Use NOTHING but a clean, high quality microfiber cloth." The O bag don't cut it. Neither does cotton, wool, silk, nor any paper product." Although, if you *really* like your local optician/ski shop guy...you can always use any of the above...especially the bag O gives you...and your local retailer will be thrilled to sell you replacement lens after replacement lens! biggrin.gif

I can't begin to tell you the number of O lenses I've seen destroyed over the years that were "cleaned" using just the bag. The only thing they truly seem to do well is clean away any hope of clear, scratch free vision.

I love the spin they try to use on their "iridium" lenses. They're the same low cost mirror coating that any number of other mfrs use. Nothing special in any way shape or form. In fact - them stating that you can't clean them with a cleaned should be enough to make any reasonably savvy man run. Any well made lens will be made to be cleaned with any decent lens cleaner.

On a side note - NEVER use ANY form of AMMONIA based solution such as Winded. It will kill just about any optical lens. Save it for your house windows, and keep it (and any overspray) away from glasses and goggles alike!!!

Bri~
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
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I do have microfiber clothes so I'm safe there.  I trust your word on using the oakley lens cleaner that I use for my regular Oakley sunglasses since you're a specialist :)  Another question: if I wet a microfiber cloth with water, is that OK too?
Originally Posted by Uilleann View Post

Your friendly neighborhood optician says: "Use NOTHING but a clean, high quality microfiber cloth." The O bag don't cut it. Neither does cotton, wool, silk, nor any paper product." Although, if you *really* like your local optician/ski shop guy...you can always use any of the above...especially the bag O gives you...and your local retailer will be thrilled to sell you replacement lens after replacement lens! biggrin.gif
I can't begin to tell you the number of O lenses I've seen destroyed over the years that were "cleaned" using just the bag. The only thing they truly seem to do well is clean away any hope of clear, scratch free vision.
I love the spin they try to use on their "iridium" lenses. They're the same low cost mirror coating that any number of other mfrs use. Nothing special in any way shape or form. In fact - them stating that you can't clean them with a cleaned should be enough to make any reasonably savvy man run. Any well made lens will be made to be cleaned with any decent lens cleaner.
On a side note - NEVER use ANY form of AMMONIA based solution such as Winded. It will kill just about any optical lens. Save it for your house windows, and keep it (and any overspray) away from glasses and goggles alike!!!
Bri~


 

post #5 of 6
To be fair, I've never seen nor indeed heard of an O specific cleaner - for sunglasses or anything else, and as such I am not aware of their formulation or safety of use on given lens products. I would hazard a guess though and imagine you should indeed be fine. Water by itself is usually fine - although it many cases, water alone may not get the job done. I can tell you that soaps can be a crap shoot. Many are perfectly safe, but every once in a while, we'll see a lens come in completely chemically fogged from a given soap product. Often, just your breath on the front of the primary lens is enough to clean well with. But remember to be extra cautious about moisture on the inner secondary lens surfaces. Usually its ok too...but sometimes can be disastrous!

Cheers!

B~
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

The instructions suggest blotting on the surface of the inside of the lens.  I guess I will read up some more on goggles cleaning on some sites :)

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