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Old 08-22-2011, 06:09 AM
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Tired of buying new safty glasses ??????

If your anything like me and cant see so good ,using a scuffed up pair of safty glasses just wont do,they gotta be like new.. I must have two dozen pair scatterd around the shop that are too scuffed to use or they got over spray on them,and at 10.00 a pop I know I should take better care of them and not set them down on the lenses etc...but I always seem to screw them up within a week or two...
Yesterday I was trying to find a good pair with no luck and was getting ready to go to lowes and get a couple more pair when I saw my Mcguieres headlight lens repair compound (used once)and figured what the heck I'll give it a shot on the bench buffer...I spent about 5 seconds and couldnt believe it, they were like brand new...I spent the next hour finding all my old glasses and polishing them up......I may never have to buy another pair ever again.... Give it a shot.....

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Old 08-22-2011, 10:05 AM
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Hey great Idea....
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Four things:

1. Prescription

2. Glass lenses (I tried plastic lenses, they scratch easily. I've heard that plastic lenses are "good" for welders, as the welding spatter doesn't stick. Big deal--the spatter shouldn't be getting to you eyeglasses to begin with.)

3. ANSI Z-87

4. Side shields to fit the frames


Nice thing is that safety frames cost LESS than the regular frames. Tells me something about the profit margins of regular eyeglasses.
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The problem with a glass lens is not so much welding spatter as it is from grinding spatter which will turn them into sandpaper PDQ!
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When that was a concern for me--and it was, but years ago--I'd scrape the spatter off with a utility knife every week or two.
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The wrap around style I use (they also double as my motorcycle rising glasses)
are $1.19 at my local industrial supply. Buy 'em by the box.

It's not worth my time or my polish to refurb 1 dollar glasses. Glad it works for you though.
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Four things:

1. Prescription

2. Glass lenses (I tried plastic lenses, they scratch easily. I've heard that plastic lenses are "good" for welders, as the welding spatter doesn't stick. Big deal--the spatter shouldn't be getting to you eyeglasses to begin with.)

3. ANSI Z-87

4. Side shields to fit the frames


Nice thing is that safety frames cost LESS than the regular frames. Tells me something about the profit margins of regular eyeglasses.
As far as prescription glasses..they make penty of low cost safety glasses that will comfortably wear right over top of the regular prescription glasses,its getting to the point that wearing just prescription glass type safety glasses are not allowed on most jobs anymore,even with side sheilds.
There are not sufficient as far as they leave a gaping gap around the eyes,plus they only have a slight impact resistant factor compared to a good pair of Z87.1 Polycarbonate pair like the Smith & Wessons..you can litteraly lay them down on a table and beat the crap out of them with a 8# sledge and never break the lens.,try that with ANY prescription glasses.....

Prescription safety glass frames cost less because they are not made from metals and not fancy designs,they are plastic impact resistant.Much cheaper process to make.

I agree about welding spatter should never even get to the glasses..but i think you're mis-understanding..the grinding and cutting with a torch leaves spatter on them,not the welding behind a shield..now a days on safety regulated jobs you will have to wear a face sheild anytime grinding or cutting with a torch or plasma...
Times have changed as far as safety rules,for a good reason because the past decades of people with serious life altering injuries and deaths in the past is being used as reasons to get stricter and find reasonable solutions...

One more reason i would rather wear the safety glasses designed to go over the prescription glasses...
How much does just 1 pair of those prescription safety glasses cost?...You could buy a few boxes or more of the safety glasses designed to fit over the prescription glasses to what the script pair costs.
It doesn't matter WHAT type you wear..glass or plastic.they WILL get stratched and ruined.
Buy the little cheap kits for glass cleaning with the right solution and material to clean them without scratching them,they even cheaply sell boxes of little packets like the "moist towlettes" that are made for cleaning glasses,you'll triple or more the life of them..wiping them off with your shirt,paper towels,tissues..etc..scratches them,i keep the tray in my lunch box loaded up with the little packets for mine,and even stuff a few in my pocket while workin a job or in my shop at home.

And when they get real bad,do like Mike does(deadbodyman) and polish them if you don't feel like buying more.
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Those 1.50 safty glasses

Man, I thought I hit the jackpot the other day.I was at the check out at HF and saw safty glasses for around 1.50 so I bought a couple pair to try out. when I got to the shop I noticed they were a little small around the eyes but they had some good side protection so I put them on and bent over to pick up my grinder and they fell off ,I put them back on and started working but they were constantly slipping down,I ended up throwing them in the trash about 5 min later ,the unopened pair along with them.I grabed a pair that I polished up and used them...10.00 a pair is a lot when you go through them like I do but you cant beat a good pair that are fully adjustable ,being able to polish the scratches out of them in a couple seconds is very handy indeed.
I imagine the little buffer that comes with some of those headlight kits would also work but I dont have one ...
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You would think after knocking around in my shop for 50 years I would have thought of this before. It's not that my safety glasses/goggles were getting damaged as much as getting dirty and crud on them. making them almost worthless. About a year ago I found that I just keep them in a gallon size zip freezer bag on a shelf under my grinder they stay clean and almost like new. Took them out today to do some metal cutting and they were still like new after a year.
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Get one of those strings that lets the safety glasses hang around your neck and one pair will last about 5X as long before they get scratched up. I used to go thru a pair every couple weeks, either sticking them in my pocket or laying them down when I wasn't wearing them. Spent way too much time looking for them after I laid them down, and got the string so I could keep up with them better. But, once they're hanging there in mid air and not getting chewed up by crap on a bench or in your pocket, I found a pair will last about 3-4 months before they need replacing.
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