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Lens cleanig fluid?

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Jun 23, 2017 19:56 |  #1

Dear forum members,

Where can I buy lens cleaning fluid?
Now let me just tell you I see all these "lens cleaning kits" that come with not only lens cleaning fluid, but other staff like clothes, brushes, etc...
Now I don't want that kits because I already have clothes/brushes from previous kits that I bought but my lens cleaning fluid is about to run out.

Basically I just want to know where can I buy a decent amount of lens cleaning fluid to last me a while without all the extra accessories?


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Jun 23, 2017 21:33 |  #2

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Jun 24, 2017 04:10 |  #3

Lens cleaning fluid seems to come in 2 basic recipes, firstly there ones that are made from distilled water with a tiny amount of soap/detergent added, secondly there are the solvent types that usually contain isoproponal or methanol.

Both types work well, the solvent types are better at removing really bad greasy deposits, neither type should be applied directly to the lens , you should spay them onto a clean lens cloth and use that to clean the lens.

The easiest and cheapest place to buy the water based cleaner is your local opticians or chemist/drug store where it is sold as spectacle cleaner.

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Jun 24, 2017 06:11 |  #4

Usually I just dry clean my lenses using a microfiber cloth. When I do need to wet clean them, I use Eclipse solution from Photographic Solutions. It's highly purified methanol and it dries without any residue.​oducts/eclipse-optic-fluid/ (external link)

A few drops on one of their PEC Pads usually does the trick.


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Jun 24, 2017 09:44 |  #5

Whatever is handy. Windex, breath moisture, weak vinegar solution, water, my wife's lens (glasses) cleaner. Solution is applied to micro-fiber cloth, or a cotton t-shirt. It is really difficult to damage lens coatings.


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Jun 24, 2017 10:05 |  #6

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Dear forum members,

Where can I buy lens cleaning fluid?

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Jun 24, 2017 15:35 |  #7

For the last two years I have been buying eyeglasses cleaning towelettes. I get them from Walmart or Target, they are about $4 for 50-60 packets. I like Target's better because they are not as wet as the ones at Walmart and are less likely to leave streaks on the lenses. Obviuosly, you need to dust off any loose particles on the glass before you wipe it. …ct-up-up-153/-/A-15022894 (external link)

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