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Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

 
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:56 PM
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Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

My process. Good for any waterproof optic which hunting optics should be.
1. Rinse optic under slightly warm tap water to rid of anything that might scratch the lens.
2. Clean with ample amount of isopropyl alcohol and lens cleaning cloth (light circular motion) to remove grease/fingerprints/etc.
Isopropyl alcohol is use in commercially prepared lens cleaning products. It will NOT harm the coatings. You can check online for MSDS data (required by law) which is available for ALL chemical products if you have doubts. Some cleaners contain Methanol but you can find isopropyl alcohol in any food or drug store.
3. Rinse with isopropyl alcohol.
4. Rinse with tap water.
4. Then rinse with distilled water.
Lens will come out PRISTENE with ZERO spots.
And it's cheap compare to a tiny spray bottle which usually contains, you guessed it, isopropyl alcohol or methanol and distilled water.
Should be a sticky.
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Old 02-22-2014, 02:07 AM
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Re: Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

just so I understand correctly, you run warm water directly over the lens'?
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:03 AM
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Re: Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

Yes run water over the lens to flush out anything that might scratch the lens. You could use a bulb to blow it out with air for this. But water will remove even stubborn items even if they are sticking such as mud which air can't. Of course don't do this with any old optics that aren't waterproof.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:04 PM
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Re: Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

Why not use a "commercial" lens cleaner as directed by the optics maker?

Im not about to pour water over my new Zeiss bino's....??
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:02 AM
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Re: Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

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Why not use a "commercial" lens cleaner as directed by the optics maker?

Im not about to pour water over my new Zeiss bino's....??
Why not they are waterproof. The above method uses the same ingredients as the commercial lens cleaners, is cheaper and does a MUCH better job. For example I have used the Zeiss lens cleaner as directed. And was always disappointed in the final result. Lens that have dust from lens tissues, streaks and spots. The above method has none of these issues.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:44 AM
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Re: Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

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Why not they are waterproof. The above method uses the same ingredients as the commercial lens cleaners, is cheaper and does a MUCH better job. For example I have used the Zeiss lens cleaner as directed. And was always disappointed in the final result. Lens that have dust from lens tissues, streaks and spots. The above method has none of these issues.
Your dream team material may clean them... If you have used the Zeiss material and it left streaks...etc...etc....then one simple answer. You didnt use it properly! And non-cotten lens tissues have a big time problem leaving dust on the glass.

My wrist watch says its waterproof to a depth of 600 meters....but Im not dropping it that far down to check it!

If you have cheap optics you can use any sort of homebrew garbage to clean them.....but I paid too much for my own to take a chance of screwing them up!
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:13 AM
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Re: Tutorial-Foolproof way to Clean Optics

Yup, sure did use a commercially made lens tissue, bought at same place as the Zeiss cleaner. To the ones that try it your lens will come out looking like the day you removed the bubble wrap.
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