Preparing a New Mask for Scuba Diving
New masks come with a protective coating on the glass which needs to be removed prior to first use. The best way to do this is to use…….toothpaste! Modern gel type pastes, or the very abrasive smoker’s products aren’t right – you need to get the ordinary white “standard” type paste.
Apply a good dollop to the glass and rub firmly and in a circular motion with a clean cloth. Make sure you get right up to the edge of the glass, and when you’ve finished rinse thoroughly with clean, cleat water, rubbing with a sponge or damp cloth to get every trace of toothpaste off the glass.
That’s it! You’re ready to dive!
There are many special anti fog coatings you can put onto the glass to prevent misting up, but I’ve never found anything as effective as good old spit. Just before you enter the water, spit on the glass, rub it around with your finger and then rinse in the sea water – it never fails to prevent mist ups!