Backup camera lens dirty

Discussion in 'Honda' started by BobS, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. BobS

    BobS Member

    With the roads covered with snow and salt my backup camera lens gets dirty very quickly. Any ideas on how to keep it clean. I was thinking about some kind of small plastic shield, out of the camera's view.
     
  2. kcsunshine

    kcsunshine Active Member

    I have the same issue. I would try some rain-x so the dirt doesn't stick. Keep in mind you need to apply when dry, let it dry and clean off the haze afterwards. It is in the instructions. It also says to apply when above 40F.
     
  3. BobS

    BobS Member

    Rainx is not for use on plastic and I'm not sure if the lens is glass or plastic. Please post your result.
     
  4. Kranberry

    Kranberry Member

    I don't think any camera lens would be plastic, but could be wrong. Either way, there is a Rainx for plastic too.

    https://www.rainx.com/products/plastic-water-repellent/

    Just need to figure out if lens is plastic or glass, I would lean towards glass, but again could be wrong.
     
  5. markc

    markc New Member

    I grab a napkin when I go in to 7-11, dampen it a little and then wipe off the lens. I have used some Plexus on the lens. Plexus is designed for motorcycle face shields to it is safe on plastic and help make future cleanings easy. A lot of motorcyclists use Lemon Pledge which does leave your helmet smelling a bit citrusy.
     
  6. Sibilance

    Sibilance New Member Subscriber

    Since Plexus for some reason is now twice to three times the price it was just a few years ago, consider using Slipstreamer Windshield polish instead. If the camera on the Clarity is like the one on my Volt, this should work great on it.

    Edited to add: If you want a more official Honda product:
    HONDA 08732-SCP00 Spray Cleaner and Polish.

    They're pretty much all the same, with the exception of Plexus, which IS a superior product, but not 3 times the price superior.
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2019
  7. jorgie393

    jorgie393 Active Member Subscriber

    Not that classy a move, but when I walk past the rear of my car, I lick my thumb and wipe the salt off the camera. Even simpler if it’s raining.

    Works extremely well.


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  8. craze1cars

    craze1cars Well-Known Member

    I can assure you the lenses/lens covers are plastic. I'm a big fan of just wiping the dang things off dry with a thumb or the inside of my sleeve -- hurts nothing in my experience. But those who want to overthink it can refer to the Subaru owner's manual for a good read and ludicrous advice and care tips...

    6-20 Rear view camera
    WARNING
    . Since the rear view camera uses a wide-angle lens, the image on the monitor is different from the actual view in terms of distance.
    . Since the range of the image on the monitor is limited, you should always check the rear view and the surrounding area with your eyes and mirrors, and move backward at a slow speed. Moving backward only by checking the rear view image from the camera could cause an accident.
    . Do not disassemble or modify the camera, switch or wiring. If smoke comes out or you smell a strange odor, stop using the rear view camera immediately. Contact your SUBARU dealer for an inspection. Continued use may result in accident, fire or electric shock.
    CAUTION
    . If your vehicle is washed with a high-pressure washer, do not allow water to contact the camera directly. Entry of water in the camera lens may result in condensation, malfunction, fire or electric shock.
    . Since the camera is a precision device, do not subject it to strong impacts. Otherwise, malfunction, fire or electric shock may occur.
    . If mud or snow sticks to or is frozen on the camera, you must be very careful removing it. Otherwise, damage done to the camera may cause a fire or electric shock. Pour water or lukewarm water over the camera to remove mud and ice, and wipe it with a soft, dry cloth.
    . Do not put a flame close to the camera or wiring. Otherwise, damage or fire may occur.
    . When replacing the fuse, be sure to use a fuse with the specified rating. Use of a fuse with a different rating may result in a malfunction.
    . If the rear view camera is used for a long time while the engine is not operated, the battery may become completely discharged.
    NOTE
    . Do not wipe the camera with alcohol, benzine or paint thinner. Otherwise, discoloration may occur. To remove contamination, wipe the camera with a cloth moistened with a diluted neutral detergent and then wipe it with a soft, dry cloth.
    . When waxing the vehicle, be careful not to apply the wax to the camera. If it comes in contact with the camera, moisten a clean cloth with a diluted neutral detergent to remove the wax.
    . The camera lens has hard coating to help prevent scratches. However, when washing the vehicle or cleaning the camera lens, be careful not to scratch the camera lens. Do not use a washing brush directly on the camera lens. The monitor screen may be adversely affected.
    . Strong light shined on the camera lens may develop white light stripes around the light source. This is not a malfunction.
     

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