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Forum topic by Rylsngrd posted 01-28-2019 10:48 PM 1010 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2019 10:48 PM

Infuriated me now that I have to use readers in the shop for close up work… and what’s not close up?! But every mask I have no matter how tight to my nose it is, still fogs my glasses. Anyone have a sure fire product or tip to help me out. Thanks

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#1 posted 01-28-2019 11:44 PM

Just bought a pack of SOFT SEAL V FOLD FILTER MASK + at woodcraft. Seems to work pretty good if silicone seal is folded down inside the mask properly. Claims 99% filtration at. .1 micron.
3 for $8.99. Straps fit around ears, not your head.
There was another type, but only I think it only filtered to 3 microns, not very safe.

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#2 posted 01-30-2019 12:59 AM

I just bought something just this evening being mentioned in the “Deal Of The Day” forum posting. Would this work?

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#3 posted 01-30-2019 01:11 AM

I use this and don’t get fog and I have to use glasses for near vision at this point too.

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#4 posted 01-30-2019 01:26 AM

subscribing for info, i didn’t think there was such a beast, my kingdom for a non fogger.

Rj in az

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#5 posted 01-30-2019 04:10 AM

i have this shield and the no fog still does fog alittle

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#6 posted 01-30-2019 11:55 AM

I use the 3m Quick Click half mask and wear bifocals that hang low. Only time I get fogging is when mask is not tight enough over the nose. Normally the hot air is expelled down and out?

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#7 posted 01-30-2019 01:46 PM

From everything I’ve heard and read, if you’re using a respirator (as opposed to a regular old dust mask), if you’re getting air coming out, it’s either not tight enough or it doesn’t fit correctly.

As far as a fog free dust mask (as opposed to a respirator), I do not know of any that don’t fog. I don’t have bifocals, but I do wear glasses all the time and usually a pair of safety glasses over them.

I’m in the market for a mask that doesn’t smash my handlebar mustache without spending $300. Admittedly, there is a very low demand, so no one makes one. But I have some ideas…

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#8 posted 01-30-2019 02:12 PM

Are you asking about a face shield or a dust mask?

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#9 posted 01-30-2019 05:52 PM

Hey guys, thanks for all the info! I am looking for a mask not a face shield as the shield still gets fogged up. I am going to take CaptainKlutzs advice and not use medical masks or the like anymore. I purchased the one recommended by BlueRidge since it seemed like a cheap and easy test to see if it would work for me.

I’m not a pro, just a hobbiest with a great shop… but also getting old and short tempered… lol. so when I cannot do what I need to do safely it gets pretty frustrating. I am sure hoping this is the answer I was looking for!

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#10 posted 01-30-2019 10:40 PM

The 3M 7500 series respirators are great masks. They are a half-mask. You won’t fog your glass because they seal really well. Not saying you can’t work up a sweat between your eyes and the glasses. But that’s a glasses issue, not a mask issue.

The 3M 7500 come in three sizes, so you have to research it a bit to figure the best size. For a man, if your head is remotely large, get the large size. If your head is smallish, probably get the medium.

The nice thing about these masks is the filter cartridges are replaceable and you can use different types. I mostly use the P100 for dust, but they also have ones to filter volatile organic vapors. These work amazingly well. Great when working with stuff that would otherwise make you woozy such as contact cement.

I find this mask to be very comfortable to wear. I often forget I have it on and continue to wear it even when I don’t need to.

-- Clin

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#11 posted 01-31-2019 02:51 AM

Years ago I bought a Triton low pressure face shield and hood. The air filter and air pump hangs on a belt at the waist. No dust at all and it won’t fog. But you can’t scratch your nose, and don’t hang the air suction at the small of your back if you have flatulence. Trust me on that. I wear it when I’m making clouds of dust sanding on the lathe.

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#12 posted 01-31-2019 06:49 PM

....and don’t hang the air suction at the small of your back if you have flatulence. Trust me on that.
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#13 posted 01-31-2019 06:50 PM

+ 1 for the 3m quick click comfortable and easy on and off, but every time I forget to put it on for a “quick” sand, my wife comes around the corner and yells at me…

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#14 posted 02-05-2019 10:58 PM

so, i got the one BlueRidgeDog recommended and could not be happier. the air flows in/out the front and has very good flow so its not pushing air out the top into my glasses. It was much more enjoyable working in the shop. Thanks to everyone who helped.

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#15 posted 02-07-2019 11:50 AM

If you have a Dive Shop (as in SCUBA Diving) near by, stop in and pick up Anit-Fog (wipes or spray). It will keep your glasses from fogging in most all conditions. It is also available at most industrial and production supply places or online at MSC or Uline.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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