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Hydrophobic spray/coating for glasses?

Old 10-26-20, 08:16 AM
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Hydrophobic spray/coating for glasses?

Has anyone tried anything like this? Did a wet/muddy gravel race yesterday and had to repeatedly spray my glasses with my water bottle so I could see! (I wear contacts, so taking my glasses off was def not an option).

Just not sure if it's advertising hype, or if these sprays/coatings actually work, and whether or not they interfere with the clarity of the lenses. But if they help mud/water slide off, then might be worth a try.

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Old 10-26-20, 08:18 AM
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Yuck
Pretty much
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My experience: In those conditions, those coatings are only minimally helpful.
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More than dirt or mud, sweat always becomes a problem on my glasses when it is hot. I don't really have a good way of cleaning them while riding so this is a good question that I guess i have been wondering about too.
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Rain-X should work for rain, but I doubt it will help with mud. I've found that glasses don't even protect my eyes in those situations. The mud always seems to find its way under the glasses and into my eyes anyway.
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Yeah and no.

Yeah, I have it on my glasses.
No, it doesn't do what you are asking.

I have it on because I clean the glasses with water, and never towel them dry. Water rolls off them rather like Rain-X (shout out to dsaul )
Doesn't work in mud. In the rain I usually get those tiny little specks from misting that don't roll off either. I guess I should try it in a heavy downpour, but I'm fine just riding without my glasses in those conditions.
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Thanks guys, might try some RainX, but won't expect miracles. Guess it's just a hazard of muddy racing.

This race is also now known as "how to kill your chain in one ride".
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it would be cool if you could find a peel-off film like they use in cameras on indy cars.
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Might have to use goggles to completely seal out the mud!
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Originally Posted by dcee604 View Post
Might have to use goggles to completely seal out the mud!
My glasses did a great job of keeping the mud out of my eyes, my problem was mud/water on the glasses and then I couldn't see through them.
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