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    Lens Cleaner

    In the "old days" lens cleaning fluid usually meant a small bottle of the Kodak branded stuff from the local photo purveyor.

    No longer. What are folks using for lens cleaning fluid these days? I avoid cleaning lenses if at all possible. But sometimes it's necessary. I'd appreciate to hear people's recommendations for 2021.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I'm using LensClens.#1 (the pink fluid) for all my general purpose cleaning. Using Kim wipes to apply it to the lens.

    Air blower to get the big stuff, small, clean brush for the more stubborn stuff, then lensclens. Seems to work very well for me.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I ordered some of type 1 & 2

    Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by Deyoung View Post
    I'm using LensClens.#1 (the pink fluid) for all my general purpose cleaning. Using Kim wipes to apply it to the lens.

    Air blower to get the big stuff, small, clean brush for the more stubborn stuff, then lensclens. Seems to work very well for me.
    2022

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    https://purosol.com/

    Their lens cleaner works the best of any I've tried.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I have about a pint container of Kodak lens cleaner of old I purchased decades ago that s still about 3/4 full. In cleaning, I first blow off the surface. Then I moisten a micro-fiber cloth meant for cleaning lenses with the cleaner, and maybe put a couple of drops directly on the lens, and carefully wipe the lens.

    But often as not, a thin film (seen via the multi-colored, thin-film effect) can be seen on the surface of the lens. Following the "cleaning" with doing the same with a few drops of distilled water, this thin-film can be removed.

    Is this thin-film being left on the sruface typical of other cleaners? I suspect not.

    Wrong or right, my perspective of kim-wipes, is that they can be a bit abrasive.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    Anything will abrade a glass surface if you apply pressure. The key is not to apply pressure, and itís a technique to learn. Kimwipes are almost universally used in shops when needed, as they are a lint free tissue. That said, most cleaning in optical shops is with warm water and dish soap, and a dish sponge or your bare hands (different cleaning needs = different cleaning tools). In an assembly environment, itís kimwipes, cotton swabs, solvents, compressed air, lens brush, etc. etc.
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    My bottle is right next to my keyboards.

    I want to try the front surface mirror #2 Lens Clens

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    https://purosol.com/

    Their lens cleaner works the best of any I've tried.
    2022

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    Quote Originally Posted by Nodda Duma View Post
    That said, most cleaning in optical shops is with warm water and dish soap...
    Any particular dish soap recommended? Are the perfumes and colorings that are often included anything to worry about?

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I use Activated Charcoal powder on a Q-tip. Makes them shine, and never a sign of a scratch.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    Jim!

    This what I have been looking for, meaning how do some sellers get the glass so clean?

    I never clean any lens unless it comes to me coated with scum

    One last thing, where and what exactly do we want?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    I use Activated Charcoal powder on a Q-tip. Makes them shine, and never a sign of a scratch.
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