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When scope cleaning I haved used rubbing alcohol, windex, and coton swabs and I still get streaks on my glass! Even though, Windex says streak free. What do you guys use to clean your glass?
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ZEISS Lens wipes has been working for me, available just about anywhere.  I think I picked mine up at Wall Mart.  Follow the directions and you shouldn't have any problems with streaks.  Remember to clean any debris off with a brush and don't try to polish the lens.


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Windex is not recommended for coated optical glass.
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+1 on the Zeiss.If you don't have the coin for Zeiss go to any store where they make glasses & I'm sure they will be able to help you out.
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Thnaks guys!
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If you have been using Windex on your scopes, chances are you have either damaged the coatings on the outer glass surfaces or left some odd stains on them (or both).  I would check with the manufacturers on whether they can recoat them for you.

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If I had a girlfriend, I wouldn't need lens cleaner because I'd be dead. (Wife only needs open sights to get that job done).
 
Zeiss wipes and cleaning fluid have worked best for me.
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I think about an 8000 grit sandpaper works as well as Windex...
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Another vote for the Zeiss wipes. My wife gets them @ Wally World.
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I called Leupold awhile back and they said windex would be fine use. Maybe I should call them back up.
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I hope you wrote down that person's name and the time/date you called.
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The Tech guy said they use acetone to clean lenses so he said windex would not hurt the lens. I just hate those streaks! So I will call them back up.
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I would try some of the professional glass cleaners mentioned above.  Don't "scrub" to hard on any glass surface no matter what method you use.   A few swipes with a brush and then a quick squirt of air to blow off any particles then use the wipes above as directed on the packages.  This will be the best cleaning method you can do for normal use.  If its extremely dirty I'll use the brush then rinse under a stream of water, once dry I start the above process again.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Windex is not recommended for coated optical glass.
 
That's right.
 
You will remove every coating on the lenses. Amonia will strip it right off. Skull Wink
 
You need to use something that is amonia free. Zeiss is what I use as well as David.
 
For the exterior, I would just wipe it off with a lint free towel.
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Originally posted by Skylar McMahon Skylar McMahon wrote:


Zeiss is what I use as well as David.
 


Interesting!  That's the first I've ever heard anyone recommend using David to clean lenses!

Good tip, bro!

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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by Skylar McMahon Skylar McMahon wrote:


Zeiss is what I use as well as David.
 


Interesting!  That's the first I've ever heard anyone recommend using David to clean lenses!

Good tip, bro!

 
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Just how do you use David to clean your lenses? Do use him in a circlar motion or back and forth? Do you chop him into small pieces and rub them on the lense, or do you shove the scope in an oriface and shake vigorusly until clean? Do you just give him the scope and he knows some super secret  method to clean the scope that no one else knows?
I must know how you use this David.
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Lynn,
 
I'll take him, shake him, put him and in a bottle and spray him. Then like scrubbing bubbles let him do all the work.
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I just called Leupold, windex with a microfiber or other non-abrasive cloth will absolutely NOT harm their lens coatings... I have the call recorded.
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Originally posted by Skylar McMahon Skylar McMahon wrote:

Lynn,
 
I'll take him, shake him, put him and in a bottle and spray him. Then like scrubbing bubbles let him do all the work.
WORKS FOR MEBig Grin
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Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

I just called Leupold, windex with a microfiber or other non-abrasive cloth will absolutely NOT harm their lens coatings... I have the call recorded.

Probably another reason I don't much care for Leupold.  Try to find this article:

Gun Cleaning Clinic: Sport Optics - Getting A Clearer View

By: Steve Schmidt

I don't have  this recorded, except in memory...
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

I just called Leupold, windex with a microfiber or other non-abrasive cloth will absolutely NOT harm their lens coatings... I have the call recorded.

Probably another reason I don't much care for Leupold.  Try to find this article:

Gun Cleaning Clinic: Sport Optics - Getting A Clearer View

By: Steve Schmidt

I don't have  this recorded, except in memory...
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