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What to clean lens/filter? -Out of "Cleaning Solution"

 
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Jun 12, 2009 13:20 |  #1

So, i ran out of "Cleaning Solution" in my walmart targus cleaning kit.

Would you recommend just using some water down dish soap? Dawn??

I like having it since i shoot paintball semi-professionally and sometimes get some paint on my lens filter.

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Jun 12, 2009 13:51 |  #2

Water, unless distilled, has minerals etc. in it. Soap... well...film scum.

I rarely use any liquid to clean a lens, usually a microfiber cloth is sufficient. Otherwise I use a drop of lens (glasses) cleaning solution on the cloth. Since I almost never use the stuff on glasses I have quite a few bottles of the stuff, over the years.


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I'm not sure it's that safe to always use cleaning solution. And it's not all that necessary. I use a cloth regularly and I use solution every now and then, let's say once in 10 cleanings = perhaps once in 1-2 months or so (there is a build-up of stuff sometimes which cloth can't get out).

I doubt solution, although safe, was intended for daily use. I know people who clean with lenses every time they get their gear out of the bag and every time they put it into the bag... hmmm, not sure. I mean how long is that coating supposed to last? Maybe it's more of a dogmatic belief, but I'm fine with it. My method works for me.

Now, after a paint splash, I guess nothing but solution works.


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Jun 12, 2009 14:03 |  #4

Any liquid should be a last resort. Lenspen, microfiber cloth first.


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Jun 12, 2009 14:20 |  #5

Fog it with your breath, wipe it with microfiber cloth. (Launder microfiber periodially to prevent it from retaining coating-scratching grit!)

For paintball paint I propose putting a filter (but not a polarizer!) in some distilled water to dissolve and remove a lot of the paint, wipe as necessary, rinse in clean distilled water, then allow to drain, finally wipe with microfiber.


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Jun 12, 2009 15:04 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #6

Thanks for ideas guys!


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