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#1 Ahunt01

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:30 PM

Hi all,

I'm thinking of getting a used i4 mask that looks to be in good shape. My question, is how can I clean the foam that is contact with my face? I don't want some other dudes sweat running down my face...

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:19 PM

Don't buy a used mask?

 

 

 

Rip out the foam and buy replacement foam.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:29 PM

That's the only option? Kinda what I was thinking, and if so, I'll keep using rental masks a few more months to save up.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:32 PM

Why not just replace the foam for $10? By the way, why do you say you don't want some guys sweat dripping down your face, so instead you wear a mask where hundreds of guys sweat will be dripping down your face? Just make sure the lens on the i4 is good
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:36 PM

ANSgear lists the replacement foam and foam earpieces $19 each. If that's the only option, rip it out, then I'm still thinking it'll be cheaper to get new with a new lens.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:38 PM

http://www.ansgear.c...CFSqXOgodeQkA1A

This is the foam we are talking about, not the ears.
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:48 PM

Ok. I'd want to clean all the foam touching my skin. Do yes, ears too. Doesn't sound like its cleanable...

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:49 PM

Depending on how much you are paying for the mask, it might be better to just buy new.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:00 PM

Ok. I'd want to clean all the foam touching my skin. Do yes, ears too. Doesn't sound like its cleanable...


You could probably wash the ears with water and a little soap. If you are worrying so much, just buy a new mask
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:05 PM

I have bought all but one of the six masks Ive had used. Just take the lens out and soak the entire mask in warm, soapy water. Rinse the foam thoroughly afterward.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:16 PM

Can you just get hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol and put it on the foam? The warm soapy water works too.


Edited by Hex, 03 April 2014 - 08:17 PM.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:18 PM

The guy is asking $60 for it. Looks like it has the "HD" lens included.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:27 PM

If you're going to replace the foam and both ears, it's not with it. If you're going to just wash it in soapy water, go for it
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:28 PM

I like the idea of soaking in soapy water. Duh, why didn't I think of that lol. Have you guys tried that before? Is that ok for the foam?

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:29 PM

The foam will be fine, just make sure you remove the lens first. To clean the lens I would use a spray bottle filled with water and then dy it with a microfiber
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:29 PM

I'd rather just clean it.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:30 PM

Yo would rather just clean what?
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:42 PM

The foam. Rather clean sweaty foam than replace it if it's good otherwise.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:45 PM

Oh, ok. I thought we established that you were not going to buy the new foam and ears, so I was confused as to why you said you would rather just clean it. I thought you were taking about the lens
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:56 PM

Ah lol. Sorry about that. No I'd rather just get it, clean it, and have fun. If I couldn't clean the foam and had to replace it, then I just wasn't going to bother with a used mask. Makes sense with the soap, no real different than bike foam I'm guessing.

I plan on only using these lenses for a month or two before tossing them and getting new ones even though these used ones appear fine. Rather be safe than sorry with those.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:42 PM

If youre going to replace the lens you might as well get a new i4, the lenses are $30-45.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 05:00 AM

Take the lens off and shower it with warm water. It literally takes you 5 minutes.

Why change the lenses if they seem fine? The only thing that can go wrong to an i4 lens is the dual thermal layer and scratches. If that stuff is fine then just keep them.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:03 AM

All good info! Thanks guys! Seems like used is an alright route. Thanks again!!

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:13 AM

Just an FYI too, theres people using 10 year old proflex lenses so I think youll be fine unless its really scratched and affecting your vision.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:44 AM

Ah cool, as always, thanks for the tip!

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 11:04 AM

I've purchased two used masks (Profilers). One hadn't actually been used, so didn't have to worry. The first one, though, needed new foam. And honestly, the used foam is the ONLY reason not to buy a used mask. And in many cases, you can even clean used foam.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:09 PM

Can you just get hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol and put it on the foam? The warm soapy water works too.

 

I wouldn't use anything alcohol based to clean your mask. Alcohol might dissolve the glue that holds the foam to the frame. Also, never use anything other than water on your lenses.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 03:31 PM

You wont even need to "sanitize" the foam. You just need to get the sweat, paint, etc. washed out.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 03:49 PM

I ponied up and just bought a new I4 from ANS.  I have family who are blind, and just am a bit paranoid about face protection around my eyes.  I just feel safer paying $50-60 bucks and getting something new.  Thanks for the tips on how to clean the mask, I'm sure I'll want to clean off my gunk and sweat at the end of the year :)



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:27 AM

I have some glue residue in my i4s, can I clean that off with rubbing alcohol?

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 04:46 PM

jesus, it's just foam. wash it in the sink with warm water and hand soap and it'll be fine. don't over-think it.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:14 PM

jesus, it's just foam. wash it in the sink with warm water and hand soap and it'll be fine. don't over-think it.


That wont remove glue residue...

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:30 PM

 

jesus, it's just foam. wash it in the sink with warm water and hand soap and it'll be fine. don't over-think it.


That wont remove glue residue...

 

What will?


jesus, it's just foam. wash it in the sink with warm water and hand soap and it'll be fine. don't over-think it.

If you are referring to my post then please read before over reacting. Thanks :)


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:37 PM

Nothing that wont damage your mask or dissolve thr rest of the glue will remove it.

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:20 PM

Nothing that wont damage your mask or dissolve thr rest of the glue will remove it.

So any sort of alcohol will mess the mask up? I assume so but I'm not sure...


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:31 PM

No rubbing alcohol likely wont remove the glue. Evne if it would youd have to soak it in which case ALL the gule would be dissolved.

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:39 PM

No rubbing alcohol likely wont remove the glue. Evne if it would youd have to soak it in which case ALL the gule would be dissolved.

Alright but would it be safe to try a little bit?


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 05:37 PM

It really depends on the glue type. The alcohol won't harm your mask, but it also may not remove that certain type of glue. For things like super glue, you need something like acetone. However, acetone eats up rubber and some plastics, so I wouldn't use it on anything like a mask.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:38 AM

It really depends on the glue type. The alcohol won't harm your mask, but it also may not remove that certain type of glue. For things like super glue, you need something like acetone. However, acetone eats up rubber and some plastics, so I wouldn't use it on anything like a mask.

Oh ok. Thanks for the help!


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