VIDEO: Foggy Snorkel Mask? BURN IT!
close up of someone burning a snorkel mask

Taking a flame to your new mask might sound like a silly thing to do, but it’s the tried and tested method for keeping your snorkel mask fog free by removing the thin layer of silicon on the glass as a result of the production process. It also works wonders for removing oils or sun screen residue for older masks which again will make your mask foggy. Follow along with this quick video to see how you can safely do it your self. 

Video Key Points

  • Make sure your mask is tempered glass, and not acrylic. Most masks are tempered and will have the text “Tempered” written in small font somewhere on the glass itself.
  • Move the flame over the entire surface of the mask without staying in one spot for too long.
  • If the glass gets too hot to touch remove the flame until it cools down or else you run the risk of damaging the rubber skirt.
  • Fog and soot are normal and can be washed out later with baby shampoo and water.
  • Repeat the burning process if your mask continues to fog up on your snorkel.


About Author

Alex Lindbloom
Alex is a Snorkel Venture and Dive Safari Asia guide as well as the video and photo pros for both companies. Alex is also a field editor for a popular underwater photography magazine. Prior to joining Snorkel Venture in 2018 Alex lived and worked all over the world working as an underwater cameraman, with five of those years living/working on a yacht in Indonesia. Alex's images and videos have garnered many international awards such as Underwater Photographer of the Year and can be seen on NatGeo, Discovery Channel, the UN Building, and various magazines.