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Scratched Googles... how can I get it removed?

post #1 of 23
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How can I get this scratched removed?
post #2 of 23

Time for a new lens.

post #3 of 23
Ski with it enough and your eyes stop seeing it. That's my method. It helps if you are old enough to need reading glasses to ensure you can't focus on it.
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Haha too bad I'm a U18 racer. It's really not that bad but it's a little annoying. It would be nice if there is a way to just make it a little better because it's a nice lens.
post #5 of 23
That stuff that you supposedly rub on your lenses and "scratches just disappear" doesn't really work.
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

That stuff that you supposedly rub on your lenses and "scratches just disappear" doesn't really work.

 

Now, you tell me. :eek

post #7 of 23

Whenever I get a new goggle I keep the old scratched one because when the new one gets scratch, I bring out the old one and go with the one with the least amount of scratches. Sometimes old is new again.

post #8 of 23
Never tried this on ski goggle but I suppose it should work. Tape up the area around scratch, buff with plastic polish aggressively, won't remove it but should make it less conspicuous.
post #9 of 23

You cannot remove scratches.  If it bothers you , get a new one, Sucks but you are most likely on proform?  

post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

Never tried this on ski goggle but I suppose it should work. Tape up the area around scratch, buff with plastic polish aggressively, won't remove it but should make it less conspicuous.

will not work, because the scratch is not in a thick layer of "clearcoat" like you have in a car, it is already through the reflective coloration coating which is on the outermost layer of the goggle already.  All this will do is turn the scratch into a bigger discoloration area and a big  blotch.

post #11 of 23

Ray's 100% correct, ^^^^^^. I've done the experiment for kicks on basically trashed Smith, Shred and POC lenses to see if it would work….the "big blotch" is a very accurate description!  

post #12 of 23
Hence taping up the area around scratch and leave only a slit to show the scratch itself.
post #13 of 23

I used 3M Marine Fineline tape, which is about as good as it gets for this kind of stuff {taping off a small area with a hard fine edge}. It runs over $20 a roll. I tried three or four different car and/or marine products: Zymol, 3M, Rainex restore, and one other. Tried a variety of applicators. Every one of them made even a tiny slit where the scratch was much worse. Blurry. Had nothing to do with restricting the size of where I applied the polish. The lens coating, and the lens material just wouldn't tolerate it. I had some good donor lenses to work with! I has just restored a couple of things on our boats, and had renewed the headlight lenses on one of our cars, and thought to give it a try on the goggles. Didn't work for me, and I have a pretty good hand for this stuff. Maybe it was pilot error, but the lenses seemed to have zero tolerance for the polish. I guess that I meant  "significant" or "worse" rather than big, as in size. If the scratch bothers you now, my strong hunch is that you would never be able to use the lens after giving this a shot……Just my $.02. If the lenses are a throw away, give it a shot. 

If you give it a try, I hope it works better for you, and share how you went about it here. I'm sure that a lot of parents with busy kids, in particular, would love to know a solution. Thanks. Good luck.

post #14 of 23
I think it's because the plastic is softer than many of those other items.
post #15 of 23
Solution would be along the lines of having a layer over the lens. some goggles support tearaways. These are more for paintball or 4wheeling. not sure if they have them for skiing.

Otherwise you're not really removing a scratch. You're trying to restore missing coating thats scrapes away.
post #16 of 23

I've tried toothpaste in hopes that it will work.  That results in a big smear just like the others.  
I don't buy expensive goggles any more.  Nor those with spherical lenses that are sure to land on the table or floor eventually.

post #17 of 23

There's a website called Lens Pro (I think) that carries all sorts of lenses for a variety of goggles.  You may find that buying just the lens isn't too expensive.  They may even have a different color that you may like better.

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by SkiFox View Post
 

There's a website called Lens Pro (I think) that carries all sorts of lenses for a variety of goggles.  You may find that buying just the lens isn't too expensive.  They may even have a different color that you may like better.

 

Pro Lens. Actually my experience has been that buying new lenses is so stupidly expensive it's sometimes more economical to just get a whole second pair of goggles and not have to worry about switching out lenses.

post #19 of 23
Yea agree. Usually buying the whole deal especially during closeout or off season is the way to go. If you keep getting same ones, and it comes with 2 lenses you can use your old frame as a host.
post #20 of 23

I once had a pair of goggles that I was extra, extra careful with and was able to keep them scratch free and usable... until the foam padding on the frame disintegrated.:(

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

Time for a new lens.


This, especially if you're a U18. 

post #22 of 23

You can't fix the scratch but can reduce it's effect by filling it with petroleum gel (Vasoline).This prevents the jagged edges of the chipped area from scattering light. Just wipe a small amount into the scratch then clean away the excess. This also works on TV and computer screens.

post #23 of 23

I hope I can remember that vaseline trick next winter.  It sounds like it might do some good.

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