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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Wearing face masks and spectacles

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I have recently joined the forum and I am looking forward to learn from others who have far more experience in routing than I have.

I have a particular query and I would be grateful for any advice on the issue. I wear spectacles constantly and I especially need them for doing any intricate woodwork. However, I have found that my glasses steam up almost instantly when I put on a face mask to protect my lungs when I am working with MDF. I have installed a dust extraction facility and I have given up the idea of wearing a mask because of this problem. It means, however, that I am reluctant to use MDF or any other product which contains harmful chemicals. Even with the dust extractor, the workshop becomes very dusty and I am afraid that I am doing damage to my lungs by not wearing a mask.

Am I the only person who has this problem? Is it because of the high levels of humidity in Scotland - especially the west coast where we have high levels of rainfall?
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It is from the moisture in your exhalation heading up the gap between your mask and face and straight onto your glasses.

You can put an anti-fog coating on your specs or fiddle with your mask to get a better seal. I've also seen people cover their mouth with the mask and breath only through their mouth. not 100% perfect but it does eliminate condensation.
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Many thanks for the prompt advice. I will try out your suggestions
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Hi Robert. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

The next time you are purchasing masks, look for ones that have an exhaust port in the middle. I too have issues with glasses fogging up and these masks don't cause the glasses to fog. Or, spend a bit more and get a solid mask that has replaceable cartridges that exhaust to each side.

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Welcome, I too have that problem, I have found some safety glasses (plastic type) with bi focals and these do not seem to fog up as bad ...Good Luck

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I use the 3M mask that exits in the center and has a good seal all the way around, my glasses never fog the mask is available on Amazon Amazon.com: 3M R6211 Low-Maintenance Half-Mask Organic Vapor, P95 Respirator Assembly, Medium: Dean Martin: Home Improvement for under 30.00. I would also suggest a whole room filter system. You can purchase one or build one if you can get a hepa filter with blower. I use a Jet 1000B it circulated the air in the shop every 10-15 min.Amazon.com: JET 708620B AFS-1000B 550/702/1044 CFM 3-Speed Air Filtration System with Remote and Electrostatic Pre-Filter: Home Improvement I picked mine up for about 265.00 new, but have seen them on Craig's list much cheeper.

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http://www.routerforums.com/triton-m...tml#post228924

I've had good luck with the Triton Powered Respirator. Our hot humid summers were constantly causing me to not wear the dust masks because of fogging.

I did have luck with the kimberly clark duckbill dust masks, but the Triton is the ultimate cure for fogging lenses.

I don't know if they are stil available, but there are several other versions from Trend and other companies that do basically the same thing.

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I use a Scott Respirator. I have emphysema and wear glasses also and the mask works well for me. No steam either.

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Originally Posted by Bob from Scotland View Post
Am I the only person who has this problem?
No.

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Is it because of the high levels of humidity in Scotland - especially the west coast where we have high levels of rainfall?
1) Masks with the piece of metal which crimps around the top of your nose for a tighter fit work better.

2) My paint respirator with the cartridges hanging off the side seems immune to the problem and is definitely less stuffy to breathe through.
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Hi there, yes same problem,
eventually found vitrex half mask from screwfix approx 34.00 and approx 6.00 for 2 pair new filters. No misting at all as others have said, is an exhaust port in the middle, works really well. You do however have to renew the filters regularly or you get skin issues where the mask touches skin, ie dry skin.
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