How to clean bug guts off a polarizer

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  1. RONDAL

    RONDAL TPF Noob!

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    Was doing some rolling shots yesterday on a country road doing a follow and chase car routine to capture the motion.

    Problem is while i had the lens pointed forward i happend to pick up a massive bug at about 60mph. This thing blew up nicely all over the polarizer and seemed to cake on pretty quick.

    I attempted to use a lens cloth to remove it...no dice as it had already dried on nicely.
    I used a little spit on the cloth to moisten up the guts and remove most of them. Problem is i now have a nice smear of what looks like oily film on the filter.

    I've tried my lens pen, using the carbon end to remove....but not working.

    I'm thinking this will need a liquid solution to remove but am wondering what the best bet is.

    If you have any ideas please let me know.

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    Thanks
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Lens cleaning fluid?
     
  3. icassell

    icassell TPF Noob!

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    I know it's not funny, but :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

    Sorry ...
     
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    why not soak it in water to soften up the guts then a lens cloth to shine it back up?
     
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    Probably should soak it without immersion. I don't think that it's a good idea to completely immerse the filter for any length of time. CPLs are two pieces of glass bonded together. You wouldn't want water to cause the glass to separate.
     
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    BE A MAN!




    USE STEEL WOOL!!!!
     
  7. robertwsimpson

    robertwsimpson No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    you were driving on the wrong side of the road!
     
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    +1 for filter used as protection. ;)

    Maybe try putting a few drops of lens cleaner on the spot and let it sit for a while. Like Plato said, don't immerse it in anything though.
     
  9. Plato

    Plato TPF Noob!

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    Or a chisel!

    :lol:
     
  10. Dao

    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I thought I saw it somewhere that you do not really need to drive that fast to get that effect. Maybe even 30 MPH or less. In that case, you will have less bug issue ... (I guess)
     
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    You can have people push the car if you have a rig mount. :lol:

    I've seen lots of these done at 5-10mph.
     
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    you can do it at 5mph with a slow enough shutter... you risk losing the sharpness on the car though.
     

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