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    Cleaning Mud off of Good Optics

    I have some really nice binoculars with coated lenses that I managed to jam into some sticky clay mud on the last hunting expedition. Now I am looking at them and any sort of wiping seems like it would be a bad idea. Was thinking about dipping them in water for a start, but not sure about that either. Any ideas?
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    good thinking, maybe warm water? Put the lense in a "bucket" of it to soften? Maybe also soap too to help soften.

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    Yup. Just rinse under a tap of warm, not hot water. Don't wipe lense unless all grit is gone obviously.
    I would let dry after rinsing and use a lense brush to flick away any crap away before I used a lense tissue or cloth to finish the job.



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    Yip i had crusty blood all through mine. Just had to let it soak to soften up. Slowly picked it out with a qtip. Then lens pen to bring up to a shine not disimilar to brads head
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    Ok, thanks for the tips!

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    As a followup, I ended up dipping them in some water and sloshing them around with little noticeable benefit. I then tossed them aside in disgust and used my other binoculars for a few months, and when I looked at them again, all the mud had dried up and fallen off. I gently brushed the remaining dust off and they were as good as new.

 

 

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