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Old 12-22-2015, 01:47 AM #1
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Lens protector?

I kinda had a weird thought that might work. I run with vforce grills and the stock clear lens but I'm always having the problem where they scratch up easily for me. I was thinking if I went out and bought an anti scratch iPad or some sort of tablet screen protector, and cut an outline of the lens then slapped it on the outside of the lens itself, would it virtually eliminate or severely reduce the amount the lens scratches? Just thinking out loud here
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:16 PM #2
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Probably not, I don't see how you'd get it to conform to the lens, adhere, and withstand multiple impacts. Even if it did it would reduce clarity, kind of defeating the point.

Lenses are ultimately consumables but you can minimize scratches by pouring water over the lens to wash off pieces of shell then carefully pick off any more shell with your fingers/a micro. The #1 cause of scratched lenses in my experience is rubbing a piece of shell or debris into the lens when trying to wipe it clean. Sometimes the scratch comes from the shot itself and that can't be avoided.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:30 PM #3
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Also storing your mask in a mask case or bag will help reduce the possibility of lens scratches when it's banging around in your gearbag.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:39 PM #4
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I keep mine in a clean microfiber bag, most my scratches come from the paintball itself
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Old 12-22-2015, 03:00 PM #5
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Try it. Let us know.

But as Superzeus suggested, you will probably lose clarity which would be unacceptable IMO. That I highly doubt they would stay on for that many cleanings, and at what point does the cost of protectors become more than a new lens?
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Old 12-22-2015, 03:46 PM #6
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I'm picking up the screen protector later. I'll take the lens out of the mask and clean it then stick the screen protector on. I'll cut out the extra film and then out the mask in. Once it's in and I get all of the bubbles out. I'll probably shoot some paint at the mask and maybe just straight up rub some dirt on it lol and report back here.
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Old 12-22-2015, 03:53 PM #7
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Might be interesting to see if anyone is willing to make the tear offs like they use in motocross or other open wheel racing. They don't lose visibility. It would just be a matter of finding a company that would do it
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:01 PM #8
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Update: I tried it out, it wasn't too hard putting on the film and didn't cause any distortion and didn't make it less clearer. I put about 100 paintballs to the lens and rubbed some dirt and gravel on it. It wiped it well with a wet rag because I was afraid the protector would peel off but surprisingly enough the protester stayed on like glue and the lens looked exactly the same as it did before, worked out pretty well for me and the screen protector was under $5
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:17 PM #9
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Update: I tried it out, it wasn't too hard putting on the film and didn't cause any distortion and didn't make it less clearer. I put about 100 paintballs to the lens and rubbed some dirt and gravel on it. It wiped it well with a wet rag because I was afraid the protector would peel off but surprisingly enough the protester stayed on like glue and the lens looked exactly the same as it did before, worked out pretty well for me and the screen protector was under $5
Nice! I'll have to try that now since most lenses do scratch easily.
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:37 PM #10
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Update: I tried it out, it wasn't too hard putting on the film and didn't cause any distortion and didn't make it less clearer. I put about 100 paintballs to the lens and rubbed some dirt and gravel on it. It wiped it well with a wet rag because I was afraid the protector would peel off but surprisingly enough the protester stayed on like glue and the lens looked exactly the same as it did before, worked out pretty well for me and the screen protector was under $5
What model screen protector did you use? I'd like to try it out.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:33 AM #12
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What model screen protector did you use? I'd like to try it out.
Yeah this is awesome I may have to give it a try! Just one question: when you peel of the protector, does it leave any kind of sticky residue on the lens?
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:35 AM #13
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You could get some of that 3m protector film that people put on cars. Some cool guys suggested that to protect mirror lenses from ridiculous easy scratching.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:33 PM #14
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I will be interested to hear how the screen protector holds up on humid days. The screen protector on my phone always peels up a bit on hot and humid days.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:39 PM #15
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Wow, so cool that it worked. May have to try it with some cheap lens protector. Thanks
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