03-03-2013, 02:41 PM
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  • Shaun
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Hi All

The old fogged up shaving mirror, eh?

I find that if I use a little soap on the mirror, wipe it around in a circle, then wipe it all off with a tissue/towel, that patch doesn't fog up for a few shaves. Fogging is only a problem for me in the colder winter months when I have the outside bathroom door closed, and the steam builds up. I have an extractor fan which also helps, but I wonder if others here have hit upon a practical, cheap solution? No, I don't mean buying a heated mirror.

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 03-03-2013, 02:47 PM
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You have one solution, another is what we in the USA call parrafin, but I think to you that might mean what we call Kerosene. OK, another name for it would be candle wax. A bit applied and then polished "off" leaving an unnoticeable film. Maybe other waxes will also work, carnauba, bees. I know candle wax works, not sure about the others.

A diver would tell you to spit on it. That works with diving masks. Maybe mirrors as well? I dunno, never tried it, soap is so easy to find in the bathroom.

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 03-03-2013, 03:03 PM
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Its an old remedy Shaun. My dad taught it to me as a pup. There are times I shave in the shower. I just wipe a bit of my shampoo on the mirror, lightly rinse and all is good.

Eta. Also works on glass. As in windows...

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 03-03-2013, 03:24 PM
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You guys use a mirror? What an idea! Have to try it.

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 03-03-2013, 03:38 PM
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yes Johnus - mirrors are a convenient and brilliant invention - but a piece of highly polished metal can also be useful for you if you are a real scout

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 03-03-2013, 04:26 PM
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  • Shaun
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Yes, yes I know, I was just interested in what others did, as part of a community discussion. It's why we are here, non?

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 03-04-2013, 08:26 AM
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  • Java
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I'd never heard the soap trick. I've had pretty good success using Rain-X anti fog. It's meant for the inside of your car's windshield, but it works fine on my mirror.

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 03-04-2013, 10:12 AM
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Thanks for the info as i had never heard about this.

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 03-04-2013, 01:58 PM
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  • Shaun
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(03-03-2013, 02:47 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: You have one solution, another is what we in the USA call parrafin, but I think to you that might mean what we call Kerosene. OK, another name for it would be candle wax. A bit applied and then polished "off" leaving an unnoticeable film. Maybe other waxes will also work, carnauba, bees. I know candle wax works, not sure about the others.

A diver would tell you to spit on it. That works with diving masks. Maybe mirrors as well? I dunno, never tried it, soap is so easy to find in the bathroom.

I might try the candle wax trick! Never heard that one before. Excellent idea.

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 03-06-2013, 12:59 AM
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Follow up. Mirrors just not for me. Just end up admiring myself and forget to shave!(:-)

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 03-06-2013, 09:02 AM
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  • Johnny
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(03-06-2013, 12:59 AM)Johnus Wrote: Follow up. Mirrors just not for me. Just end up admiring myself and forget to shave!(:-)

Well just think how much you could admire yourself after the shave.Shy

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 03-06-2013, 10:00 AM
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When I was growing up there were 6 of us sharing one bathroom. In the evening, despite having the window cracked the bathroom mirror was perpetually fogged up due to one person after another taking a shower. I remember my parents buying a small space heater/fan combo that ocellated, they would point it at the mirror and turn it on and it provided enough heat to keep the mirror fog free.

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 03-21-2013, 07:43 PM
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Good pointers guys

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 03-21-2013, 08:26 PM
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I don't know how well it would work, but amateur astronomical telescopes have fogging problems in spades once they achieve ambient and fog begins to form. There are "heat tapes" sold that fit around the periphery of the lense (in this case, mirror) that heat it gently to keep fog at bay on cold nights. One would need to explore them to find if it would work. I'd google it. I used a 12v hair dryer and that worked fine. Of course the same thing could be done with a plug in hair dryer.

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 03-22-2013, 01:55 AM
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  • Shaun
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If you shave in the shower, there's always this:

http://www.showertek.com/fog-free-shower...-c-66.html

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