Wearing safety eyewear while also using a face shield, face mask, and/or respirator can cause the lenses to fog up due to low air circulation or diverted airflow, leading to severe or continuous fogging issues.
Sound familiar? What you may not know – or know too well – is not only the frustration fogging causes, but the productivity and compliance issues that come along with it.
So how can you avoid it?
To ensure your safety eyewear remains fog-free, superior anti-fog technology is key. HexArmor’s industry-leading TruShield® lineup of anti-fog coatings has two specific varieties to help keep your vision clear in these specific situations, TruShield®S and TruShield®2SF.
Chemically engineered to not wash off, HexArmor’s proprietary anti-fog coatings are fundamentally different from competitors – that’s because all HexArmor® anti-fog coatings are hydrophilic, which causes fog moisture to hit the lens and absorb into the coating eliminating fog quickly and efficiently (see visual below).
This is a drastic change from the fog resistance that you’re used to as most competitive anti-fog coatings are hydrophobic, which causes moisture to spread out as it hits the lens instead of dissipating. Once several moisture droplets start to congregate, fogging occurs. Hydrophobic coatings are also detergent-based and start washing off after the first cleaning.
HexArmor’s flow-coating application technology provides an anti-fog coating that is consistent, clear, uniquely bonded to the lens, and up to 4x thicker than dip-coated alternatives. Exclusive to HexArmor®, this flow-coating process also allows different TruShield® coating configurations to be applied to either side of the lens, giving the wearer more specific, quality protection where they need it most. This precise, specialized dual-coating process is a first for North American safety eyewear.
By contrast, most competitive safety eyewear is dip coated. This uneven, thinner coating is the result of a technique where identical coatings are applied on both sides of the lens, which sacrifices the quality of one protective property over the other (scratch resistance vs. fog protection mixed together, diluting both).
We recommend TruShield®S and TruShield®2SF to help keep your vision clear in severe and/or continuous fogging situations.
Because HexArmor® uses fundamentally different coatings on all of our safety eyewear, proper cleaning must be done that may be different than what you are used to in order to ensure long-lasting performance.
First, lightly blow off any loose dirt or debris and then run your eyewear under cool water – HexArmor eyewear is engineered to have excess dirt cleanly wash off the lens without sticking. Next, spray the cleaning solution from the HexArmor® eyewear lens cleaning station directly onto the lens, and then use the lens-safe tissue to wipe clean.
If you’re not immediately putting the safety eyewear back on, store in a secure spot or protective pouch, never put unprotected eyewear in your pocket.
There are several factors to consider when choosing which anti-fog coating is right for you. To learn more about this technology or which anti-fog coating is best for your needs, contact one of our Solutions Specialists today at 1.877.MY.ARMOR or visit www.hexarmor.com.Download Anti-Fog Pamphlet