How to Clean a Mask

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How to Clean a Mask

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Whether it's some splatter from a near hit or a full-on hit to the face, you need to get your paintball mask back into top shape so you can get back in the game. While you can simply run a rag over the paint, to really get your mask clean you need to take a little more time and follow some simple steps.
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Remove Excess Paint

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You first need to remove all the excess paint on the paintball mask. If you have a water sprayer to use, spray large amounts of water on all the paint so that the water removes most of the paint. Otherwise, use a soft cotton rag and gently remove the large quantities of paint. Do not use any chemicals or glass cleaners to clean your lenses - water or nothing!
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Wipe Off the Lens and Mask

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Use a clean cotton cloth to wipe off the water and any remaining paint. Use large strokes with the cloth and avoid smearing the paint around the lens. Be sure to clean the hard plastic around the lens to prevent the paint from running onto the lens later. Take a little time and clean in the cracks and holes in your mask. Paintball masks are notorious for having lots of small holes and creases, so take your time.
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Remove Lens

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To get a truly clean paintball mask you must remove the lens and visor from the mask body. The way to remove lenses and visors from the mask varies from brand to brand - read your instructions and follow them carefully. Once the lens is removed, go over the edges of the lens clean the inside and outside of the mask.
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Clean with a Microfiber Cloth

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A microfiber cloth is made of very small fibers that readily absorb and remove oils. After you have cleaned the lens with a cotton cloth, use a microfiber cloth to remove any oils that are still on the lens to guarantee the cleanest lens possible. Make sure to wipe the inside of the lens to get any paint that may have ended up there. Now you just need to pop the lens back in and your paintball mask is ready to go.
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