Rated BEST Dive Mask Anti-Fog by Rodale's SCUBA DIVING Magazine!
McNett AquaSeal Sea Gold Anti-Fog Gel is the clear choice in anti-fog gels for dive masks. The unique clear formula means long lasting anti-fog protection. Sea Gold is highly concentrated and designed for quick, simple, in-field application. Sea Gold is safe for all glass and plastic lenses and will not harm surrounding silicone or rubber support frames.
Sea Gold Anti-Fog Gel keeps diving masks from fogging even in the toughest cold water conditions. Unlike colored gels, Sea Gold's clear formula will not leave a vision-inhibiting residue on the edges of dive masks. The formula is designed for easy application and allows masks to be used immediately.
Sea Gold works by creating a thin, invisible film on the lens which dramatically reduces the formation of condensed moisture or fog. SCUBA divers will find that one application of Sea Gold lasts all day, through multiple dives. Application is easy; divers apply a small amount to the inside of their mask and spread the solution evenly with a finger. The mask is briefly rinsed in fresh or salt water then used immediately for the dive. No drying is required.
This 37ml (1.25 fl.oz.) bottle of concentrated defog formula provides up to 600 applications per bottle for dive masks. Sea Gold is not recommended for swim goggles.
Mask Defoggers Explained
Regardless of the brand or type of defog there are basically only two ways to defog your mask, either coat the lens with an inhibitor (gels like SeaGold, and of course 'spit') or make the lens very clean so fog doesn't form (surfactants like SeaQuick and SeaDrops). Both approaches work equally well but require different application methods so it's mostly a matter of personal preference.
- A cleaning spray is the most popular approach because it's quick and easy. Generously spray the inside of the mask lens, rub and rinse completely to remove. If the lens is not 'squeeky clean' then repeat and perhaps rub a bit harder.
- The liquid drops are a concentrated version of the spray type cleaners. If you like the concentrated drop cleaners, a convenient alternative is a travel size of Johnsons 'No More Tears' Baby Shampoo®.
- With the gel, apply a thin even coating to the inside of the mask lens (more is not better) and lightly rinse to smooth out the coating. Do NOT completely rinse or rub away the gel, remember you want a light coating of the gel on the lens.
Every once in a while it doesn't hurt to also clean the outside of the mask lens. It won't help to prevent fogging but you'll see better if the lens is clean on both sides! By the way, we are not big fans of the 'mask bucket' found on many dive boats. When everyone is rinsing their masks in the same bucket, they are sharing their bacteria and viruses with everyone else. We avoid that by rinsing our masks in seawater (works fine), fresh water from the shower hose if there is one, or even bottled water as a last resort.