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I was in the shop the other day and had to do some cutting on a piece I was making and some grinding and I was doing the work under my magnifier light like this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Ledu-3-Diopter-Fluorescent-Magnifier-Lamp/dp/B0057HQ3VG/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1422147444&sr=8-8&keywords=3+Diopter+LED+Magnifying+Lamp

Never one time thought about it but the grinding sparks were flying while I was working. After I finished I was cleaning up and that's when I noticed it. The magnifier lens had picked up a lot of the grinding debris.

 

In the past I have screwed up my glasses before and therefore I try to keep an old pair or three handy for just that kind of use. Anyway back to the story at hand when I discovered what had happened I was kind of heart sick.taz.gif This light was kind of expensive and I put off buying one so I could buy a good one. I took a brand new single edge razor blade and scraped the majority of the debris off of the magnifier lens.

 

So here is my question is there anything else I can do to clean the lens????

 

I thought about a paste made up of toothpaste but not sure if that is a good idea or not. So is there anything else I can do???

 

Anything I can do in the future to keep this from happening again??? (short of not using the magnifier light for that purpose) :huh:

 

 

C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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Maybe, and I do mean maybe (because I'm not positive it would work), one of those headlight restoration kits from the auto parts store? The whole point of them is ultra fine paste abrasive to polish to crystal clear.

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You can use a sacrificial layer of cling wrap over the rim of the fixture, sort of like they do at the dentist for sanitary reasons. Just use one or smoothed two layers so there is virtually no distortion. Not sure about the resurfacing, though. Sorry to hear that, I wouldn't have thought about that either -_-

 

John

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Mike, that may be and idea, I think I will try to contact the manufacturer.

 

John, appreciate the idea!

 

Dan I really don't know the product description does not say what the lens is made of but if I can't get anything from trying to contact the manufacturer I will have to try some kind of a shield. I know there is a warning of letting the light sit in direct sunlight at it could cause damage to the lens. I have a cover made of cardboard I slip over it when it is not in use!

 

Thanks for the replies guys!

C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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The plexi idea would work pretty well, and is super cheap at Home Depot.

 

Have you ever watched open cabin trophy truck races? The have layers of a heavy cling shield with tabs sticking out, alternating sides, as one gets dirty, they peel it off and still have protection, mid race.

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Mike, that may be and idea, I think I will try to contact the manufacturer.

 

John, appreciate the idea!

 

Dan I really don't know the product description does not say what the lens is made of but if I can't get anything from trying to contact the manufacturer I will have to try some kind of a shield. I know there is a warning of letting the light sit in direct sunlight at it could cause damage to the lens. I have a cover made of cardboard I slip over it when it is not in use!

 

Thanks for the replies guys!

This might sound strange, but try taking the lens to an optomatrist. They should be able to polish the damage out and still maintaiN the lens geometry.

Less haste, more speed.

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Rudolf that reminds me of a pair of glasses I had that got scratched up bad. I carried them up to my eye Doctors where I buy my glasses. They painted some kind of clear liquid on them and it made them clear again.

 

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All good ideas thanks. I bought the light thru Amazon, and so I contacted them yesterday. This morning I get an email from Amazon saying that the purchase was actually thru a "one of our registered third party sellers" and they would contact them for me. The third party seller emails me this morning and says this, " We have logged your inquiry, and it has been routed to our Amazon Customer Advocate Specialist who should be in contact with you within one business day". So the inquiry is being bounced back and forth at present.

 

Not sure what they are going to say when I tell them it was my fault! I just want to know if the problem can be remedied??? You know polished out, or just the lens be replaced, etc. etc. I mean if you are selling it you should know everything there is to know about how to handle any given situation with your product! Right! :wacko:

 

At least I know from now on if grinding I need a shield of some sort over the lens. There was plastic as well in what I was working on and at time I was doing the work I thought that is was just dust/debris from the plastic which was hitting the lens. It is one of those things I should have know better but it never crossed my mind until I was done and realized while cleaning up the that the grinding debris were embedded into the lens. :huh:

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C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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A cheap option.

 

You could use a clear coat. the refraction rate of the clear would be different, but the thickness is minimal so it would probably not be noticeable to the naked eye. Just thin your clear till you can easily brush it out. clean the glass well with alcohol, and brush a light layer of clear across the glass just enough to make it look wet let it dry and your good to go. It's a cheap trick car dealers use in sandy environments to make the windshields look clear and not all pitted up. works great, but the clear is not as tough as the glass so it gets bad again real fast. If you plan on protecting it in the future though it should be fine. just dont hang it out the window at 60MPH going through a desert.

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Well this is a great howdy doo doo!! I contacted Amazon, because that is where I bought the lighted magnifier thru. All I told them I had a problem with the lens I wanted to discuss with the manufacturer, I didn't give details at that time because I wanted to talk to the manufacturer not Amazon! I was hoping they could advise me about the lens. Or tell me that I could pull it and send it too them to polish. I never asked for warranty or replacement, after all it was my fault!!

 

Anyway Amazon says it is one of their 3rd party sellers.They contacted the third party seller with this message.

Details: Customer has some problem with the lens in the magnifier. I've researched and was unable to get the contact details of the manufacturer. In this case, I request you to please contact the customer immediately and assist regarding this issue.

 

So the third party seller contacts me today and with any further discussion. Here is their reply................short and to the point.


Hello:

Thank you for your inquiry.

This order was
delivered in the year 2012 and we have a 30 day return policy.
Unfortunately, our supplier will not accept a return of merchandise
after this period.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Thank you,
The Customer Advocate Group

 

Well it kind of whizzes me off but then I should expect that if there is no warranty there is no service and we don't want to talk to you, it is that kind of a world anymore! Then they wonder what has happened to the American economy and why is it in the garbage!

 

I never asked for warranty service I just wanted the contact info for the lens manufacturer! :angry:

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C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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Well I am definitely on my own here. I emailed them back one more time! This is what I told them.

 

I am not looking for a refund or or a warranty fulfillment. I have
had something happen to the lens of this magnifier and I wanted to talk
with the manufacturer to see if the lens can be polished out, or how
they might recommend to remedy my problem. That is why I wanted the
contact info for the manufacturer.

 

Here is there reply.

Unfortunately, we do not have the contact information for the manufacturer of this item.

 

Really I mean really, No wonder we live in a throw away world. I give up I will try and find someone to polish the lens on my own!!! surrender.gif

C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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