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Technical Welding helmet fogging up

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bubba55, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. bubba55
    Joined: Feb 27, 2011
    Posts: 463


    Been learning to weld - and at times my glass fogs up - tried wipes and spit - still fogs up - have to place in front of heater to dry out - What say you welding gurus ?

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  2. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 12,347

    from Zoar, Ohio

    That will normally only happen when you are in a cooler environment.
    Your warm breath against the cool lens is causing condensation.
    No fix, unless you want to turn a fan to the back of your head.
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  3. ^^^^^^ this right here...Mitch.
  4. bubba55
    Joined: Feb 27, 2011
    Posts: 463


  5. Simple, stop breathing!
  6. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 945

    from Motown

    Some of the guys I play hockey with use liquid dish soap on their visors to prevent fogging while we play. A few drops, spread it around with your finger. Not sure if they wipe it after or not.

  7. Not Rain X but Rain X anti-fog, I can assure you if you use the regular rain-X on the inside of you lens the glass will fog up quicker. HRP
  8. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 5,533


    BITD racers would take a bit of liquid dish soap and rub it in the inside of their googles or face shield and once it dried buff it with a soft rag. It will do the same thing as the RainX Anti Fog and you might already have some at home.
    Oops, KevKo put a hole shot on me.
  9. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 15,312

    jimmy six

    I'd run a fan anyway. A slight movement of air away from your welding is a good me.
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  10. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 5,377


    Diving goggles, you spit on them. Not sure if it works on welding helmets but its pretty easy to try.
    Ive tied a bandana around my mouth and nose to direct the breathing down while using grinding shields.
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  11. texasred
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,210

    from Houston

    Try a vented dust mask
  12. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 8,606

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Shoot...I wanted to say that!
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  13. pennafxu
    Joined: Aug 20, 2010
    Posts: 2,244

    from Kentucky

    I use controlled limited nasal breathing... it is much cooler air than hot breath. Inhaling through your nose allows you to clear some of the fogged up lens also. You can also inhale through your nose and blow out with a purse lipped technique... blowing out this way creates cool air being blown out... The Miller manual does not recommend putting any defogging agents on the lens... With my auto darkening lens it has certain electro mechanical properties that may get damaged with certain chemicals. I’m not stating it’s wrong, but I’ve been welding for over 25 years (to include sub-zero temperatures) and careful breathing technique can make a huge difference.


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  14. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,616

    Kiwi 4d

    I have tried Rain X Anti Fog while wearing a dust mask ,ear muffs and eye protection . Didn’t have much success with the Rain X Anti Fog in that situation.
  15. vickckik
    Joined: Dec 21, 2011
    Posts: 83


    A bar of Glycerin Soap is what we used long ago. Moisten a clean towel, wipe it on the soap bar and then rub the clean lens. Give it a minute or so to dry and polish the lens with a clean, dry towel. Takes up little space on the table or cart for all three items. Oh yeah, we did the same to the inside of our windshields and rear windows because of weak heater motors or having heater delete cars.
  16. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 5,406


    That would be any teenage boy's worst nightmare when I was younger!
  17. 1Bad67
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 223


    Just learn to breath with you upper lip out, so you blow down. Learned that from an old welder.
  18. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 13,137

    Bandit Billy

    Every ski shop sells anti fog wipes to keep your goggles clear. One pair of Smith goggles I bought a few years back have a small fan and vent to clear the lens. Should be a way to retrofit something similar to the helmet.
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  19. Fabber McGee
    Joined: Nov 22, 2013
    Posts: 1,303

    Fabber McGee

    Being an old weldor myself and having worked at it professionally for many years I too have had fogging problems. This is the best solution I've found. Breathe through your mouth and blow it down, away from your lens. Also put the hood down someplace warm when you take it off. Welding in the field you can use the defroster in your pickup, or the heat from the engine on your welding machine, in a shop there should be plenty of options.
  20. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,979

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    As an ocean diver, we would spit on our masks to prevent fogging of the lenses.
  21. Eli Brown
    Joined: Sep 25, 2018
    Posts: 18

    Eli Brown

    There is a product that keeps gun scopes from fogging up, works great. Might be something to look for and try.
  22. In cold weather I have an oil filled electric radiator that I put on about 30 minutes before I start work. I let the welding helmet sit on it for a while then when I’m ready the helmet is warm and there’s no fogging

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  23. bubba55
    Joined: Feb 27, 2011
    Posts: 463


    Wow thanks to all fer yer input - will try the breathing and mask - welding is new to me but as y'all know it's part of our hobby - and as it's been said know what's under yer paint & bondo in my case I've found it challenging to learn - burnt more holes than patching - but I'm getting better - again thanks to all
    Da HAMB Rocks !

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  24. If ya wore a welding respirator with the filters behind your back.(allows it to fit inside the helmet and gives cleaner air intake) You would be breathing better air and seeing clearer too. Works for me anyway. :)
  25. Divers anti fog gel. Works great.

    When you work in a parts department everything is on sale
  26. LWEL9226
    Joined: Jul 7, 2012
    Posts: 342

    from So. Oregon

    X-3 :D :D

  27. Hell, I have enough trouble remembering to breathe at all while tigging, let alone trying anything fancy!

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