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I need to clean the inside of my sensor mirror goggles

post #1 of 10
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My 2 year old daughter thought it would be a great idea to get her chocolate finger prints on the inside of my sensor mirror goggles. I understand you can't wipe them without scratching them. Any ideas how to clean them?
post #2 of 10

I'm not an expert but my understanding is that you can't wipe them wet because the antifog coating will come off. So lens cleaning fluid is out. Probably a chamois or microfiber or other soft, non scratching lens cleaning cloth, used dry and lightly. No experience removing chocolate though.

post #3 of 10

I'd go micro fiber. Light wipe, once, clean bit of micro, again and so on, repeat till all gone. 

post #4 of 10

Not sure any cloth is going to take out chocolate finger prints; more like just smear them around. I'd think about similar approach as recommended by manufacturers for badly smudged reading glasses that have UV coatings: just soak the goggles in warm water until the smudge softens, maybe with a bit of non-detergent soap in it. Bit of swirling or gentle rubbing with your fingertip should take out the chocolate and prints, rinse, then blot - not rub - dry with a old cotton diaper or something similar. 

 

And FWIW, that anti-fog coating is not meant to last forever anyway; Smith's been making coating impregnated cloths for decades, suggests using them periodically to refurbish the factory coating. Far as I know, just some species of liquid silicon. 

post #5 of 10

You might try not leaving your goggles where she can get to them (JK, he's my son). I told him to try just rinsing it with water from the faucet. I figured that wouldn't scratch them and might lift a some of the chocolate away. It kind of worked, the finger prints looked a lot better, but unfortunately it got water between the lenses...

 

Replacement lenses are only $36, and we found brand new, same model complete goggles, on eBay for $25, we bought 2. Not worth the time to try to fix them for $25. We did dry them out and we will keep them as emergency spare/loaners. As long as it isn't sunny, they might be OK.

 

Thanks for the suggestions 

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Originally Posted by Trenton Hall View Post

My 2 year old daughter thought it would be a great idea to get her chocolate finger prints on the inside of my sensor mirror goggles. I understand you can't wipe them without scratching them. Any ideas how to clean them?


If it were me I would spray a generous amount of "Fog Buster" on the inside of the Goggles, let it sit for 30 to 60 seconds, and then use the micro-fiber cloth that comes with the "Fog Buster" spray to wipe all of the residue off. Finally, I would wash the microfiber cloth out in soapy water and let it air dry before I used it again. 

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I would suggest contacting the manufacturer.

post #8 of 10
Disagree with beyond. It should last forever as long as you don't mess it up. You want to think of it like a gel not just a coatingthat's going to evaporate.

If you soak your goggles, then you've given up on the coating. They sell the wipes and treatments because people are pennypinchers and using ruined or old goggles that are 15 years old and using spit for antifog. So they might as well make money for that audience before someone else does. It's not meant for properly working (modern) goggles.


Perhaps you just try to rub it off in that spot with the lens cloth. If it takes off some of the antifog well it's still better than chocolate. Maybe you can spot treat that one spot. Otherwise get new lens or new frame
post #9 of 10

Try anti-fog chocolate.

post #10 of 10

"If you need to clean the inside of your lens use a Smith Snow Eraser and dab your lens rather than wipe you lens, which can create scratches."

Straight from the horse's mouth...  http://www.smithoptics.ca/faq#snow

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