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Avalon Mask strap assembly broke

I have a new strap assembly for my Avalon mask but can't figure out how to get the mask clip off of the mask. I'm afraid I may break the mask if I apply too much presure. Any suggestions?

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Try to spread apart the clip using two sets of small nosed pliars on each side of the clip, therefore not applying any pressure to the mask. Best wishes with a wonderful sport!

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