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09-20-2009 04:52 AM

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my safety glasses always fog up when i am wearing a dust mask, this is really annoying and dangerous when sawing. i’ve tried different glasses but they all seem to do it, I use regular dust masks with the little metal strip on top. anyone else have this problem and how do you fix it.

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 05:03 AM

I think the ‘seal’ from that little metal strip is next to useless and will always allow (and even direct) your exhaled breath inside your goggles. I think the real answer is to get one of those proper dust masks with the strap that goes around your head to provide a positive seal.

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 05:04 AM

Masks with the little plastic exhaust on the front cut down on the fogging quite a bit but doesnt iliminate it completely.When I put the glasses on I can generally get about 2 or 3 cuts in before the glasses start to fog.

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 05:42 AM

I use dust-be-gone and don’t have the problem.

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#4 posted 09-20-2009 05:51 AM

Dust b gone

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#5 posted 09-20-2009 01:35 PM

I have just gone to wearing my respirator. It has a tight fit and my glasses don’t fog.

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#6 posted 09-20-2009 02:21 PM

Rain-x makes anti fog product for windshields
I’ve had good luck with it on my welding helmet

-- Ron, Missouri

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#7 posted 09-20-2009 04:23 PM

i have used dryer softening sheets. The kind that you toss in the drier to soften and anti-cling.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#8 posted 09-20-2009 04:30 PM

Another option is the Resp-o-rator. They are pretty comfortable, provide really good protection, and absolutely eliminate fogging.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#9 posted 09-20-2009 04:56 PM

Dust B Gone. Works like a charm. Just hand wash and let air dry when dusty.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 09-20-2009 10:13 PM

You can try a trick that many scuba divers use.

A drop of children’s tear-free shampoo (the yellow kind) on each side of each lense. Rub it around with your finger, then dip the glasses in a bowl of clean water (don’t rinse under the faucet, it will remove too much of the shampoo.) Let them air dry. You should be good for a couple days or weeks, depending on how much you use them.

Use a clean dryer sheet to clean off the dust.

Works great and is a relatively easy to find and inexpensive solution.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#11 posted 09-20-2009 11:28 PM

Use the molded masks with the exhaust valve.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#12 posted 09-21-2009 12:04 AM

thanks for all the suggestions i am going to try them next week if possible. i have respirator i wear when spraying but it gets hot, maybe those dust masks with valve. the ones i have are useless they let a lot of dust in around the nose, cedar dust chokes me up!

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#13 posted 09-21-2009 06:35 AM

On those cheap paper masks, I have found that the fogging problem can sometimes be lessened by simply pinching the metal strip (while the mask is on) so that it bends a little tighter over your nose.

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#14 posted 09-21-2009 08:03 AM

I concur hootr, rain-x works on glasses also.

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#15 posted 09-21-2009 03:34 PM

I like a face shield better than glasses. It protects a larger area, doesn’t fog, and you can wear regular glasses (in my case reading glasses) under it.

-- Joe

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