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Old 10-14-2017, 01:32 PM   #1
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Does there exist power cord yellow paint that holds up a year or two outside ?

This for dual 50 amp Cablemaster (is 2 cords) where most of the cord is still inside and appears as new but the dozen feet or so on the outside looks bad enough that no amount of cleaning does much good plus the yellow itself is faded a bit

I've used vinyl upholstery paint on car seats before and it worked surprisingly well... But vinyl paint exposed to the elements might be more problematic... you tell me ...
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Think you will have an issue with the cord flexing as much as it does going through the Cablemaster.

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A far better way to spend your money...

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A far better way to spend your money...

Can't run that through the cable master.
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The fix that I see is to reverse the cable if you don't want to cut off the weathered end.
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Cablemaster for those less burly?

Toss it and regain those unused muscles.
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I agree. I really don’t care how pretty my shore power chord is.
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Mr. mb. (post #5). "...reverse the cable..." Not possible without switching plug ends as well.

Mr. D (OP). You might try this: Fusion for Plastic® - | Krylon
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I don't much care about the cord, but it rubs on the boat when I am loading and unloading it. Leaves nasty scuffs that are tough to get off. Those I care about.
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This for dual 50 amp Cablemaster (is 2 cords) where most of the cord is still inside and appears as new but the dozen feet or so on the outside looks bad enough that no amount of cleaning does much good plus the yellow itself is faded a bit

I've used vinyl upholstery paint on car seats before and it worked surprisingly well... But vinyl paint exposed to the elements might be more problematic... you tell me ...
The coiled cord on my upper helm RAM mic got into a fight with a buffer and lost. Since it's an old model radio, there were no replacement mics available and the only cord SH had to sell me was ivory and the mic is black.

I bought the ivory cord and a can of black vinyl upholstery paint from the auto parts store.

I cleaned the cord with alcohol and hung it from the garage ceiling with a weight on the other end and sprayed it with several light coats of the paint.

I installed the mic and connector and have been using it for five or six years now. It's covered when the boat isn't being used but is exposed to sun and of course flexing and the paint has held up well.

It's worth a try if the fading bothers you.
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The fix that I see is to reverse the cable if you don't want to cut off the weathered end.
Thats not a bad idea, except it would be very labor intensive. In fact the barrel that holds my coiled Cablemaster is nearly impossible to get to. Plus remember I have two of them, not just one.

Auto vinyl upholestery paint not standing up to the cable flexing I should think if anything a car seat flexes even more and the paint does work surprisingly well for that purpose.

The big unknowns are how long will it last outside plus color and testure matching
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I agree. I really don’t care how pretty my shore power chord is.
Then perhaps you should paint it purple with pink polka dots at regular intervals
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The coiled cord on my upper helm RAM mic got into a fight with a buffer and lost. Since it's an old model radio, there were no replacement mics available and the only cord SH had to sell me was ivory and the mic is black.

I bought the ivory cord and a can of black vinyl upholstery paint from the auto parts store.

I cleaned the cord with alcohol and hung it from the garage ceiling with a weight on the other end and sprayed it with several light coats of the paint.

I installed the mic and connector and have been using it for five or six years now. It's covered when the boat isn't being used but is exposed to sun and of course flexing and the paint has held up well.

It's worth a try if the fading bothers you.
ive done the same thing on the Tigerstop moving fence coiled cords of woodworking machinery and the vinyl paint worked great for that purpose....but the machines were always inside.
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Mr. mb. (post #5). "...reverse the cable..." Not possible without switching plug ends as well.

Mr. D (OP). You might try this: Fusion for Plastic® - | Krylon
thanks Firefly,,,the yellow looks close...may be too glossy but worth a try
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With respect, much ado about nothing.
I see it as little to do about something....if the cord is clean already, assuming a calm wind day, what could be easier than aiming an aerosol can at a cable jacket ?
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Many folks wouldn't worry about this and that's their right but the OP wants to restore the color and asked for suggestions on how to do it.

Not if you would do it to your cord.
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Many folks wouldn't worry about this and that's their right but the OP wants to restore the color and asked for suggestions on how to do it.

Not if you would do it to your cord.
Thanks for that Wes....spot on.
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Cablemaster for those less burly?

Toss it and regain those unused muscles.
Good grief.... with the Cablemaster with just the touch of toggle switch, you can pay out only the cable you need instead of lugging around an entire long cable. Plus it was "free" essentially....came with the boat as standard equipment*. Plus not having all the extra cable lying on deck makes for easier cleanup.

Plus it is "hard wired" at the inside end, making for less potential lug sparking/pitting as on conventional cable plugs.

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*In other words the market value of the (used) boat was probably exactly the same with a Cablemaster as it would have been without same.
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Can't run that through the cable master.
Yep, exactly.
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