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    Question Keeping Hood Lenses Clean when Working with SMAW or FCAW

    Greetings,

    I am having a big problem keeping my lenses clean on my miller digital elite helmet when doing SMAW or FCAW. I was wondering if anyone could offer any tips. It seems like after a short time (often only a couple long welds) the flux has built up on the lens so much that it makes it hard to see the puddle. Perhaps its my head position or weld position that is off. I am not a pro welder, just a hobbyist, so I am most likely doing something wrong. When using FCAW or SMAW, I find I **** my head to one side and get pretty low to see the puddle and what it is doing. I tried backing off but then the MIG gun obscured the weld puddle and I was practically welding blind with ... predictable ... results.

    So anyone have any idea what i am doing wrong or is this a common problem that someone knows a good tip on?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Ventilation . Keep a fan on low speed drawing the smoke away from the weld not by your helmet. Also, stabilize your arms for steadiness and keep your head further away. Dave

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    Keeping you head out of the smoke is the key. Make sure you don't cause a draft across the weld area itself though or you will get allot of porosity.

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    It seems that getting stuff on the helmet and lens is inevitable, unless there is a good way to exhaust the smoke. I wipe down my helmet with ArmorAll, both in and out and it makes cleaning it much easier.

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    I stick weld in tool and die 8-12 hours a day and don't get any smoke on my hood. The guy next to me gets his covered and is always complaining he can't see because of the film. He asks how i keep mine so clean and i say i keep my head out of the smoke and use my arms out farther. I bought my hood in '79 and it still looks like new but it has 32 years of use on it...
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    Ok. Setting up a draft is a good idea. I can try that. So what is the best way to clean the lens now that it is dirty?

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    I wipe mine on my shirt ..

    What do replacements cost?

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    The original Lemon Pledge (the stuff WITH the wax still in it) works pretty good to clean cover lenses. Dustbane also makes a good glass cleaner.
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    I use plenty of warm water and mild soap on a soft rag to clean my cover lenses then dry with a soft rag as well. I found that using lens cleaners and paper towels will scratch the lenses. I learned the hard way by ruining a set of 180.00 polycarbonate lenses for my eyeglasses that way.
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    Thumbs down Paper towels !

    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie_486 View Post
    I use plenty of warm water and mild soap on a soft rag to clean my cover lenses then dry with a soft rag as well. I found that using lens cleaners and paper towels will scratch the lenses. I learned the hard way by ruining a set of 180.00 polycarbonate lenses for my eyeglasses that way.
    Blondie, The lense cleaner is OK, It's the paper towels ( wood fibre ) that scratched your lense !

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