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Scratched my WWL-1 glass

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Ran into some hard coral...

 

What do I do now? The scratch is about an inch long, right in the center of my lens, and I can see it clearly when I close focus.

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You can probably get it polished from someone like focal point in Colorado, cheaper than a new one. If you can feel the scratch with your fingernail then it is probably too deep to fix. There are people who think they can do this themselves but they are mostly wrong. I think focal point charges between $200 and $300 to polish such lenses, there are other companies that do it as well.

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The dome is made of double coated glass it cannot be polished. You need to send it back to Nauticam for replacement

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Or fill it with clear fingernail polish, then buff lightly with acetone and a Terry cloth. That's an age-old trick that's worked on auto glass for as long as I can remember. Most UW glass is not externally coated, contrary to popular belief (anti-reflective coatings would go on the INSIDE of the dome, if at all) and if you're already annoyed by the scratchyou have nothing to lose in trying. Worst case, you have to strip the entire exterior glass with the acetone if you do have some rare coating there that is noticeably affected. (Test a corner first)

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Reviving this old thread. My camera fell (someone asked for my attention in 20sec between when I thethered the camera and when I picked it up). it fell from 20cm height face first on the WWL-1 on to a  rocky surface. Now there is a nice, relatively deep scratch dead center of the dome. Any recommendations?

 

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Argh. Not good but you know that.

If the scratch really shows in the images and it's too hard to edit out in post, I'd contact Nauticam and see if it's possible - and at what cost - to replace the outer glass.

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I had to do this. The cost was about half the cost of a new lens.

Then i scratched it again...thus the post that started this thread. I'm just living with it this time....

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On 3/7/2021 at 8:28 PM, tursiops said:

I had to do this. The cost was about half the cost of a new lens.

Then i scratched it again...thus the post that started this thread. I'm just living with it this time....

ouch. DId you try the nail polish suggestion?

 

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Polish doesnt work at all..just forget it

I have changed mine for about 400 US dollars plus the delivery coasts for both ways.

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