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Burn Your Mask: Dealing with Those Annoying Foggy Lenses ... and a Last Resort Trick

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During the manufacturing of a mask, silicone vapor deposits on the glass, which ensures that the mask doesn't stick in the machinery. However, when you wear it, humidity within the mask may cause it to fog. You can usually prevent this by scrubbing off the silicone film with old-fashioned white toothpaste (not a gel) before using your mask the first time. If you spread a pea-sized lump over the inside of the glass and rub furiously, the toothpaste will remove the deposit. Better yet, leave the toothpaste on overnight and when you rub it off, it takes the silicone vapor deposit with it. If that fails, one of our long-time correspondents, Ken Kurtis, owner of Reef Seekers in Beverley Hills CA, offers a solution (but keep in mind that incautious use of a flame can weaken the toughened glass and even damage the silicone skirt of the mask)....

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