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ParrotHead
08-23-2007, 10:59
While in my AOW class last year, a fellow mustached student offed me some sort of wax or grease to make for better seal between the mask and upper lip. I believe it was silicone grease. Do you get it from a LDS? Hardware Store? My local hardware store had some "90% Silicone Grease" for less then $4 - should I just use that?

Does anyone use this (or any other product) for this purpose? Any and all recommendations welcome.

Thanks,

ertechsg
08-23-2007, 11:17
chap stick will work also

chewyjr15
08-23-2007, 12:07
i would think some petrolium jelly would work as well, or maybe some carmex?

ParrotHead
08-23-2007, 12:09
...and I would have guessed that petrolium jelly or chap stick would dissolve in water.

No Misses
08-23-2007, 13:48
As I have stated on other threads, I do not see my mustache as creating a leaky mask. I see it as a built in purge ;-) If I will be doing multiple dives/days as in a liveaboard, I will sometimes trim off the top of my mustache. that gives me a good enough seal. Though I now look like Sniedley Whiplash (Dudley Dorights nemisis) with a pencil thin mustache!

finflippers
08-23-2007, 13:54
I have been diving with a mustache for years with no problems. I just keep a small area (thin line) right under my nose shaved for the mask to seal.

ertechsg
08-23-2007, 13:58
i would think some petrolium jelly would work as well, or maybe some carmex?
The mask will create a seal no water comes in. I personally don't use anything on mine.

GDiver
08-23-2007, 14:02
I find that just keeping it at a shorter length all around works for me. I watched a buddy of mine trim his with a swiss army knife a few weeks ago. We went from the Porn Mustache to some uneven stubble.

Zenagirl
08-23-2007, 18:44
Vaseline or other petroleum jelly will break down the silicone mask skirt, don't use it. My husband has a 'stache and he uses silicone grease to keep from having a leak. Trident sells big tubs(2 oz), but ScubaToys sells littler containers of the same thing.

porsche060
08-26-2007, 23:11
Might be less work to shave it :-)

cgvmer
08-26-2007, 23:17
I have a mustache and that small amount of water that is always in my mask really resolves any fogging issues. As simple shake of my head, and my fogging is gone.

greyzen
08-27-2007, 00:08
be careful using 'hardware store grease/gels'.

Some arn't made for you to be breathing around and even if you aren't actively inhaling the vapor could get into your eye/nose and cause issues.

Not to mention damage to the mask.

somewhereinla
08-27-2007, 00:49
I have a beard and I don't use anything. I don't have any problems.

rjenbody
08-27-2007, 00:54
I have a gotee and my wife refuses to let me shave it off. I also have a leaking problem, drives me crazy. I might try the goop. Is it hard to get off after the dive?

Zenagirl
08-27-2007, 07:36
The silicone grease wipes right off. Remember to buy the stuff that's specifically for diving....unless you can find "food grade" silicone grease. Grayzen is right about being careful. I think I bought the Trident ones from Leisure Pro....ST only had the little containers and I wanted bigger ones to refill the little ones with.

chefchris
08-27-2007, 10:32
i have a sweet mustache and have never had a leak problem because of it.

scubasamurai
08-27-2007, 17:56
have the mustache and goatee no problems with leaks, maybe try trimming the stache to help. if you have one of those good ole boys staches that saves food for a week, than a leaky mask might need some grease . all in humor all in jest , but seriously if you have too much hair there it might be the problem and trim a little and see what happens

dludwig
08-29-2007, 20:43
I just shave mine off for the diving season. It was ironic that one day late last fall my wife looked at me and said "must be done diving for the year. I see the fur coming back on the face" :smiley13: She's knows me well

scubasavvy
08-29-2007, 20:49
With the title I thought he was going to wax his mustache. Ouch.

scubasamurai
08-30-2007, 09:09
i think that might be really really painful, but the person doing it for you was wearing mmmh a birthday suit and looked like jennifer anston than it might dull the pain a little bit!!!

greyzen
08-30-2007, 09:18
i think that might be really really painful, but the person doing it for you was wearing mmmh a birthday suit and looked like jennifer anston than it might dull the pain a little bit!!!
Not a chance...

I've had my back done for a while... if someone came at my face with wax... I wouldn't care if it was nekkid Jennifer Anston carrying the last 14 top playboy models.. .someone would get shot...

...a lot.

WV Diver
08-30-2007, 09:29
It depends more on the type of hair your have, course hair is harder to deal with. I just shaved mine off, too much of a pain, not worth my time. I even cut my hair really short when doing alot of diving.

Steve Scuba
09-26-2007, 23:10
I have pretty a coarse beard, and there wasn't much I could to do make a mask seal, not even that fancy sealing gel. I thought (hoped?) I just had an unusually shaped face. But I finally gave in and shaved off the beard, and voila! just about every mask I tried suddenly adhered to my face like a love-sick octopus. Oh well, I suppose it's a small price to pay.

diverdad
09-27-2007, 21:13
I have a mustache but i keep it trimmed pretty close and i don't have any problems.

WaScubaDude
09-27-2007, 23:41
Vaseline or other petroleum jelly will break down the silicone mask skirt, don't use it. My husband has a 'stache and he uses silicone grease to keep from having a leak. Trident sells big tubs(2 oz), but ScubaToys sells littler containers of the same thing.

Petroleum jelly is so cheap , you can use it instead of silicone and afford to buy a new mask every year or so. :)

Boris42
10-01-2007, 09:24
I just wish I could grow one.:fit_old:

HedoDiver
10-15-2007, 00:01
I have used a sealant type jelly before with mixed results. I now shave it very short, or just shave it right off for the diving season. I am about to trim it up for my next dive vacation in 20 days!
http://www.myspacedev.com/img/icons/beach/2/260.gif

DirtyWaterIL
10-15-2007, 21:19
My mustache is relatively short but I have noticed that it does create a problem on certain masks. I switched over to a mares liquid skin and it solved all my mask issues.

dludwig
10-15-2007, 21:36
Easiest thing I have found is shaving during the diving season. Of course it seems to come back a little whiter every year. :smiley13: I still want to pick up a liquid skin though.

beenerachi
10-16-2007, 06:06
Might be less work to shave it :-)
Yeah, I always shave right before a dive. I also found that for some reason, my mask slides up during my dive and it's more prone to leaks....weird...anyway, it's been like this for years, so finally, I broke down and ordered the Mares demon mask. Hope it works better.

mm2002
10-21-2007, 09:49
I had a bad leakage problem with my mustache, but I shaved a tiny (approx 1/8") line below my nose and it doesn't leak a drop. I've seen some people shave it half way down their lip, and that just looks funny to me.

Buoyant1
10-24-2007, 19:59
I bought a stick of Coppertone suntan stick, and have been using that for years now! I just coat my mustache with it before I dive and it keeps ht "lubed" and sealed (I don't have a bushy 'stache so it doesn't take too much) It's smal enough to keep in your mask case with your anti-fog, and it's good when on a boat to keep your nose from getting burnt!

I'm planning on just shaving it off when I'm in the Keys next month...too much of a pain to keep worrying about lubing the 'stache!

cmburch
02-28-2008, 22:36
My dad used Vaseline across his top lip, but he had a much denser mustache than I do. I think the Vaseline did not dissolve in water easily and did not affect silicon mask skirts, but I think it did affect the older non-silicon black rubber mask skirts. You would get a nice black ring on your face when the mask was removed. My less dense beard and mustache causes me no problems with water leakage in my mask.

rye_a
02-28-2008, 23:08
Just don't worry about it. If you do find a little leakage just blow gently through your nose.

tbg0519
03-06-2008, 08:51
Good old petroleum jelly (aka vasoline) has kept my mask clear through my dives. You feel kinda yucky putting it on, and during surface intervals you feel like you've got a ton of snot in the old caterpillar, but it's all a personal preference. The price we pay to express ourselves.

divedeeper
03-09-2008, 22:24
I also have found that I have a problem with leakage, but only if I don't trim. Once I trim, I have not had any problems at all. :-)

mark44883
03-09-2008, 22:26
caulk gun work great

jeepbrew
03-09-2008, 23:47
And I was here hoping to read a painful thread about someone who decided to wax off his mustache!

Hollywood703
03-14-2008, 08:42
I agree, i sometimes will get a very small amount of water, but nothing that accumulates even at an hour+ downtime. Its a simple clearing of the mask if it did.

JTMoney
03-14-2008, 19:52
I went diving yesterday and decided not to shave the winter beard before I did and no leakage problems whatsoever.

johnyringo
03-14-2008, 20:10
I just buzz the beard and mustache short, no problems.

Hollywood703
03-15-2008, 15:34
it really also has a lot to do with mask fit....if the mask fits you properly, then a little hair under the nose shouldnt have much effect on it.

ScubaJoe
05-14-2008, 01:42
While in my AOW class last year, a fellow mustached student offed me some sort of wax or grease to make for better seal between the mask and upper lip. I believe it was silicone grease. Do you get it from a LDS? Hardware Store? My local hardware store had some "90% Silicone Grease" for less then $4 - should I just use that?

Does anyone use this (or any other product) for this purpose? Any and all recommendations welcome.

Thanks,Most people I know use petrolium jelly or chapstick. I've had a mustache since I was 16... I found masks that sealed without issue (Of course, that was two masks.... and the only two I've ever used... lol)

greengecko
05-22-2008, 10:20
I have no problem with my mustache. The longer they are the better they seal! :smiley20:

http://www.deaddrop.cc/051208/stache.jpg

gthomas
05-22-2008, 12:56
My hubby said the wax bugged him. Now he doesn't use anything. Said he just clears his mask more.

bowyorang
05-24-2008, 16:14
I've had a mustache ever since I could grow one. Until I started diving last year.
Tried the chapstick and it worked pretty good but decided to try a new facial style. Works better for me, but have to put up with everyone comparing me to Ab Lincoln...:smiley5: