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Tourist
Posts: 2

Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

I watched a video on how to reduce the water marks for gopro, so I bought Rain-X last night to test it on my camera. Now I'm curiuos, is it safe to apply Rain-X on Hero 5's lense? Even with screen protector?

 

Backpacker
Posts: 950

Re: Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

i can't see why not, its adding an additional layer so shouldn't eating/affecting the lens. I've been thinking of getting a tin of Nano stuff to spray on to do the same thing

Explorer
Posts: 12,213

Re: Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

As long as you keep it on the glass it will be fine. What are you using the Rain-X for? If your camera is going to be mounted on a high speed craft it will work good. If you are participating in a water sport like surfing, swimming, or something that doesn't involve a high rate of speed, it won't work very well. For activities like this it's best just to periodically lick or spit on the lens.

Rain-X and products like it work by causing the water to bead up. You need wind to blow the droplets off of the lens. By using the spit method, it causes the water to spread evenly over the lens. You won't get distortion and the water won't bead which is what you want to avoid.
Adventurer
Posts: 10,322

Re: Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

rain X works perfect when applied  id not applied correctly it will  be hazed . trick to keep water s javing it silky smooth

Explorer
Posts: 12,213

Re: Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

Rain-X works as I described above. It will not work very well for sports such as surfing or where there is not enough wind to blow the water off the lens. Try using it as intended, on a windshield. When the car is not moving, the rain beads but remains on the windshield. When the car is moving, the water beads sheer off.
Granted, water does come off of the flat lens much better than it did in the old dome style of the Hero HD and Hero2, but it's still an issue when the camera is in and out of the water repeatedly or subject to spray Licking, or spitting on and rinsing, the lens remains the best option.

To properly apply Rain-X, let it dry into a haze and then buff with a soft lint free cloth until the haze is removed.
Per the directions:
Remove final haze with a dry cloth or by sprinkling water onto the haze and wiping with a paper towel
Adventurer
Posts: 10,322

Re: Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

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RainX does  its job you simply follow the box instructions, done.   you know what works best @????

 

car wax.   

 

apply it correctly it will do its job.  Do not use paper towels use a micro fiber cloth

Adventurer
Posts: 10,322

Re: Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

Use ofa papertowel may cause  fine scratches  while a fiber cloth is  more a proper  lens claer  that is  softer.

Explorer
Posts: 12,213

Re: Is it safe to use Rain-X on GoPro Hero 5?

Do a lot of surfing Fish? Again, like I said, it works fine if there is enough wind to blow off the water beads. For water activities like surfing it's not as effective as just using the spit technique.

I agree about using a soft, lint free cloth (fiber cloth) which is why I mentioned it. Rain-X is the one giving the recommendation of using a paper towel. I copied the directions from their web site to point out that a haze is normal, expected, and desired to achieve complete coverage. It just needs to be buffed off.