Your paintball mask is the most important piece of equipment you’ll own as a paintballer (http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/the-first-piece-of-paintball-kit-you-should-buy/). With the ever rising prices of lenses it’s more important now than ever to take care of your mask. It should be one of your top priorities as a player to keep your mask clean and your vision clear.
Here’s how to look after your mask;
Don’t let paint sit
Often players will get hit in the mask whilst playing, clean off the paint when you’re not on the playing field. Leaving paint on your mask will deteriorate the lens over time and some paint can even stain. For the longevity of your mask ensure you get into the nooks and crannies where the lens meets the frame, if left this may weaken the lens.
If you have a single lens always ensure you have cleaned the lens and applied a fresh coating of anti-fog spray. This is vital, if you forget you’ll soon be reminded when your mask mists up and your view is hazy, not ideal.
Microfiber cloths are ideal for lenses, these will prevent smearing and distorting your vision. If you use paint spray etc with a regular cloth or your hand expect a smudged mess. A microfiber cloth will give you a seamless clean, just what you need.
Take care of the thermals
Thermal lenses are dual paned lenses which are sealed together via glue and foam, this assists with regulating the temperature thus reducing fogging. Never submerge your goggle under water, the foam barrier between the lenses is absorbent so if you get water between the lens panes your lens is useless. Ideally when cleaning your thermal lens you want to use water on a cloth to clean the outer lens and a microfiber cloth for the inner lens.
Change it up
Eventually your lens will need to be changed the recommended time is yearly if you’re a paintball regular. If your lens is scratched it’s probably time for a new one.
No glass cleaners
Don’t use Windex or other glass cleaners when cleaning your paintball mask, these are not polycarbonate lens cleaners and will damage your lens. The idea is to prolong the life of your lens not shorten it.
It’s always best to buy from an established brand such as Virtue or Empire etc, this way you know what quality to expect. Always purchase from a respected retailer such as ourselves, if you purchase from eBay who really knows what you’re getting, it could be some cheap knock off you’ve paid way over the odds for.
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We would suggest purchasing a lens case to ensure your lenses are protected.