Rain-X on glasses?

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Brian Sangeorza » Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:07:30


The post below reminded me that I wanted to ask this question as soon as I
returned from Bonaire.  I'm mostly a fresh water sailor and I always wear
sunglasses while sailing.  While in Bonaire, after one splash in the salt
water, my glasses would be very difficult to see through.  Presumably a
salt/mineral  film formed as the water 'blew' dry on the lenses.  I could
wash it off with soap and water, but not after every splash.
I wanted to try Rain-X to keep the water from sticking to the lenses, but
the bottle says "Do not use on plastics unless pre-approved by the
manufacturer . . ."
Has anyone tried this?   My sailing season has not yet started, and I'm
reluctant to gamble with my good glasses.

--
Brian

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by wtrplne » Thu, 29 Mar 2007 15:17:03


Quote:
> The post below reminded me that I wanted to ask this question as soon as I
> returned from Bonaire.  I'm mostly a fresh water sailor and I always wear
> sunglasses while sailing.  While in Bonaire, after one splash in the salt
> water, my glasses would be very difficult to see through.  Presumably a
> salt/mineral  film formed as the water 'blew' dry on the lenses.  I could
> wash it off with soap and water, but not after every splash.
> I wanted to try Rain-X to keep the water from sticking to the lenses, but
> the bottle says "Do not use on plastics unless pre-approved by the
> manufacturer . . ."
> Has anyone tried this?   My sailing season has not yet started, and I'm
> reluctant to gamble with my good glasses.

> --
> Brian

I was an 'early adopter' of Rain-X and have used it on all kinds of plastics
without adverse effects.  Truth is, I probably should have read the label
more closely.  I've used it on many pair of glasses, always plastic, and
never had a problem.  I always use it on my prescription Spex.  You'll still
get salt water spotting on the lenses, but it seems less, and is easier to
wash off using fresh water.

Alan

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Dan Weis » Thu, 29 Mar 2007 23:40:20


Quote:


> > The post below reminded me that I wanted to ask this question as soon as I
> > returned from Bonaire.  I'm mostly a fresh water sailor and I always wear
> > sunglasses while sailing.  While in Bonaire, after one splash in the salt
> > water, my glasses would be very difficult to see through.  Presumably a
> > salt/mineral  film formed as the water 'blew' dry on the lenses.  I could
> > wash it off with soap and water, but not after every splash.
> > I wanted to try Rain-X to keep the water from sticking to the lenses, but
> > the bottle says "Do not use on plastics unless pre-approved by the
> > manufacturer . . ."
> > Has anyone tried this?   My sailing season has not yet started, and I'm
> > reluctant to gamble with my good glasses.

> > --
> > Brian

> I was an 'early adopter' of Rain-X and have used it on all kinds of plastics
> without adverse effects.  Truth is, I probably should have read the label
> more closely.  I've used it on many pair of glasses, always plastic, and
> never had a problem.  I always use it on my prescription Spex.  You'll still
> get salt water spotting on the lenses, but it seems less, and is easier to
> wash off using fresh water.

> Alan

Rain X contains a solvent, so beware of using on coated plastics, like
sunglasses.
-Dan

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Mamb » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 00:58:20


Quote:
> The post below reminded me that I wanted to ask this question as soon as I
> returned from Bonaire.  I'm mostly a fresh water sailor and I always wear
> sunglasses while sailing.  While in Bonaire, after one splash in the salt
> water, my glasses would be very difficult to see through.  Presumably a
> salt/mineral  film formed as the water 'blew' dry on the lenses.  I could
> wash it off with soap and water, but not after every splash.
> I wanted to try Rain-X to keep the water from sticking to the lenses, but
> the bottle says "Do not use on plastics unless pre-approved by the
> manufacturer . . ."
> Has anyone tried this?   My sailing season has not yet started, and I'm
> reluctant to gamble with my good glasses.

> --
> Brian

On a related note, I have been considering a pair of photo-sensitive sport
glasses to wear while sailing and doing other outdoor pursuits.  I use a
simple set of polycarb lensed UV filter glasses for biking.  For sailing,
I'd want to find something that would reduce glare further when it's very
bright.

In the past, attempts to sail with glasses have made me leery, the
combination of water drops on the lenses and bright sun makes it tough to
judge terrain.  So I guess I'd have to try Rain-X on them too.

So Q1 - anybody know of photo-sensitive sport glasses at a reasonable price?
Q2 - anybody tried Rain-X on these glasses?

Tnx

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Crabb » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 01:52:58


Quote:

> So Q1 - anybody know of photo-sensitive sport glasses at a reasonable price?
> Q2 - anybody tried Rain-X on these glasses?

> Tnx

Problem with most photo-sensitive lenses is they don't work very well
when it is hot.  I usually get new, cheap sunglasses every season;
even in fresh water they tend to get messed up.  It's been a real pain
lately, because, with my old eyes, most are too dark.  And I don't
care for Polaroid lenses or glasses that are darker at the top and
fade to clear at the bottom. I finally found what I feel are ideal
glasses at Lowes, in the safety glasses area.  They are the AO Safety
Virtua model.  They come in an indoor/outdoor lens and a cool looking
blue mirror lens (which looks gray from the inside.)  They wrap around
nicely, are comfortable, and both provide UV protection.  Oh, and they
cost 8 bucks.

Crabby

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Mamb » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 06:30:48

Quote:
> Problem with most photo-sensitive lenses is they don't work very well
> when it is hot.  I usually get new, cheap sunglasses every season;
> even in fresh water they tend to get messed up.  It's been a real pain
> lately, because, with my old eyes, most are too dark.  And I don't
> care for Polaroid lenses or glasses that are darker at the top and
> fade to clear at the bottom. I finally found what I feel are ideal
> glasses at Lowes, in the safety glasses area.  They are the AO Safety
> Virtua model.  They come in an indoor/outdoor lens and a cool looking
> blue mirror lens (which looks gray from the inside.)  They wrap around
> nicely, are comfortable, and both provide UV protection.  Oh, and they
> cost 8 bucks.

> Crabby

Tnx.  Have you tried Rain-X with them?  I guess for $8 I could try it myself
if I wasn't so cheap ;-)
 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by (PeteCresswell » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 08:02:54

Per Mamba:

Quote:
>In the past, attempts to sail with glasses have made me leery, the
>combination of water drops on the lenses and bright sun makes it tough to
>judge terrain.  So I guess I'd have to try Rain-X on them too.

After losing a pair of pre$ription Maui Jim'$ in the shore break, I've gone over
to one-day contacts for situations where glasses fog/streak up too much.

The AccuVue's I get cost a little more, but the eye guy claims they have
something in them to block UV.     If the sun is *really* bad, I can always wear
el-cheapo non-scrip sunglasses over the contacts.
--
PeteCresswell

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Crabb » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 08:56:32


Quote:
> > Problem with most photo-sensitive lenses is they don't work very well
> > when it is hot.  I usually get new, cheap sunglasses every season;
> > even in fresh water they tend to get messed up.  It's been a real pain
> > lately, because, with my old eyes, most are too dark.  And I don't
> > care for Polaroid lenses or glasses that are darker at the top and
> > fade to clear at the bottom. I finally found what I feel are ideal
> > glasses at Lowes, in the safety glasses area.  They are the AO Safety
> > Virtua model.  They come in an indoor/outdoor lens and a cool looking
> > blue mirror lens (which looks gray from the inside.)  They wrap around
> > nicely, are comfortable, and both provide UV protection.  Oh, and they
> > cost 8 bucks.

> > Crabby

> Tnx.  Have you tried Rain-X with them?  I guess for $8 I could try it myself
> if I wasn't so cheap ;-)

No, I haven't.  How much does Rain-X cost?  I guess you could do a lot
of lenses with one bottle.  (I assume you're too cheap to use it on a
windshield.)
 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Florian Feuse » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 09:37:51


Quote:
> After losing a pair of pre$ription Maui Jim'$ in the shore break, I've
> gone over
> to one-day contacts for situations where glasses fog/streak up too much.

> The AccuVue's I get cost a little more, but the eye guy claims they have
> something in them to block UV.     If the sun is *really* bad, I can
> always wear
> el-cheapo non-scrip sunglasses over the contacts.

I am using RGP (rigid gas permeables) made from Boston XO. That
material has a UV filter, and I have never lost one while sailing. Been
thinking of lasering my eyes for better vision on the water (sometimes,
I get blurry vision from the salt water spray causing the lenses
off-center), but I don't the advantage of having the retina protected.
Plus, my eye sight is going to shit anyway staring at the computer all
day, and I don't want to go under the "knife" every year.

If you're not extremely wide-eyed (=prone to lose lenses), give it a try.

Florian

http://www.kasail.com/windsurfing/team/florianfeuser.html

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Florian Feuse » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 09:50:51

On 2007-03-28 20:37:51 -0400, Florian Feuser

Quote:
> causing the lenses off-center

....causing the lenses to float off-center

Note to self: don't forget the verb.

Florian

http://www.kasail.com/windsurfing/team/florianfeuser.html

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Brian Sangeorza » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 12:23:06

Crabby,
I tried those, but they just don't fit my face
brian


Quote:


> > So Q1 - anybody know of photo-sensitive sport glasses at a reasonable
price?
> > Q2 - anybody tried Rain-X on these glasses?

> > Tnx

> Problem with most photo-sensitive lenses is they don't work very well
> when it is hot.  I usually get new, cheap sunglasses every season;
> even in fresh water they tend to get messed up.  It's been a real pain
> lately, because, with my old eyes, most are too dark.  And I don't
> care for Polaroid lenses or glasses that are darker at the top and
> fade to clear at the bottom. I finally found what I feel are ideal
> glasses at Lowes, in the safety glasses area.  They are the AO Safety
> Virtua model.  They come in an indoor/outdoor lens and a cool looking
> blue mirror lens (which looks gray from the inside.)  They wrap around
> nicely, are comfortable, and both provide UV protection.  Oh, and they
> cost 8 bucks.

> Crabby

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Brian Sangeorza » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 12:25:08

Dan,
That's the reason for my original question.  I'd hate to damage the glasses
I've got, because the fit and they were expensive.
On the other hand, Alan has had good luck.  I might just take a chance.
brian


Quote:



> > > The post below reminded me that I wanted to ask this question as soon
as I
> > > returned from Bonaire.  I'm mostly a fresh water sailor and I always
wear
> > > sunglasses while sailing.  While in Bonaire, after one splash in the
salt
> > > water, my glasses would be very difficult to see through.  Presumably
a
> > > salt/mineral  film formed as the water 'blew' dry on the lenses.  I
could
> > > wash it off with soap and water, but not after every splash.
> > > I wanted to try Rain-X to keep the water from sticking to the lenses,
but
> > > the bottle says "Do not use on plastics unless pre-approved by the
> > > manufacturer . . ."
> > > Has anyone tried this?   My sailing season has not yet started, and
I'm
> > > reluctant to gamble with my good glasses.

> > > --
> > > Brian

> > I was an 'early adopter' of Rain-X and have used it on all kinds of
plastics
> > without adverse effects.  Truth is, I probably should have read the
label
> > more closely.  I've used it on many pair of glasses, always plastic, and
> > never had a problem.  I always use it on my prescription Spex.  You'll
still
> > get salt water spotting on the lenses, but it seems less, and is easier
to
> > wash off using fresh water.

> > Alan

> Rain X contains a solvent, so beware of using on coated plastics, like
> sunglasses.
> -Dan

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by Pete » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 15:02:33

Quote:
> I am using RGP (rigid gas permeables) made from Boston XO. That material
> has a UV filter, and I have never lost one while sailing. Been thinking
> of lasering my eyes for better vision on the water (sometimes, I get
> blurry vision from the salt water spray causing the lenses off-center),
> but I don't the advantage of having the retina protected. Plus, my eye
> sight is going to shit anyway staring at the computer all day, and I
> don't want to go under the "knife" every year.

> If you're not extremely wide-eyed (=prone to lose lenses), give it a try.

I've been on RGPs 23 years, and used to lose them easily before
developing that reflex of closing eyelid whenever anything gets too
close. The lenses are small, and water splashes can actually wash them
out. I always wear el cheapo sunglasses on top of contacts, and havent
lost one ever.

I hear laser surgery is prone to side-effects, and not very precise, so
you may have to do it multiple times before getting the desired result.

Peter

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by (PeteCresswell » Fri, 30 Mar 2007 22:16:44

Per Florian Feuser:

Quote:
> Been
>thinking of lasering my eyes for better vision on the water

For nearsighted people it seems to me like corrective surgery doesn't make
sense.   People do it all the time... but now they're totally dependent on
reading glasses after a certain age and they still ought to be wearing some sort
of UV protection outside.

I'm so nearsighted I can't see the big "E" on the eye chart - but if push comes
to shove, I can do any sort of close work with no glasses at all.   I do wear
something for PC work just so I can get further from the screen... but I
wouldn't want to be dependent on glasses for all close vision.
--
PeteCresswell

 
 
 

Rain-X on glasses?

Post by grayso » Sat, 31 Mar 2007 03:11:12

i have a pair of silverfish "s rat" surf shades (www.silverfish.com)
that i love.  they have an integrated strap that keeps 'em nice and
secure, and (just as key) they have a removable piece that spaces 'em
a little farther from your face for those cold-water-warm-air days to
prevent fogging.  nothing i've tried does a better job of preventing
fogging in cold water & warm air.  they're also polarized for the best
glare reduction, and they're even prescription-compatible for those
who need it.

as for rain-x, i've never tried it, but i sail primarily freshwater,
so salt deposits are usually not an issue for me.  the other thing is
that with the silverfish shades, if i decide i don't want 'em (like if
they do get salt deposits, or fog, or if it starts to get dark out,
etc) i just pull 'em down and leave 'em draped around my neck.  the
strap is tight enough to keep 'em relatively close so they don't go
bouncing around all over the place and i'm not worried about losing
'em or getting 'em tangled in other equipment.  and then if i need 'em
again (sun comes out from behind the clouds or whatever) they're right
there.

anyway, that's what works for me.  just thought i'd share.

p.s. i did use rain-x on my windshield many years (and a few cars)
ago, and the lesson i learned from that is that if you apply it once,
you *must* keep applying it for life.  as rain-x starts to wear off it
leaves your windshield much *worse* than before you applied the rain-
x.  apply again, and you're good to go again until the next time it
starts to wear off.  i imagine the same would be true for sunglasses,
but a helluva lot less expensive to re-apply every few months.  just
my recollection from years ago for what it's worth.