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    Terrible Tom

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    UV damage

    Does anyone apply some coating onto all the plastic components and cable on detectors to prevent UV degradation. The sun seems to ruin all plastic eventually even making it brittle. It must be obvious this sheltering in place BS is getting to me. Maybe I need to drink more
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    If the molder added UV protection, you don't need to apply any additional application as it is inherent in the articles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom from mass View Post
    Does anyone apply some coating onto all the plastic components and cable on detectors to prevent UV degradation. The sun seems to ruin all plastic eventually even making it brittle. It must be obvious this sheltering in place BS is getting to me. Maybe I need to drink more
    Please don’t drink the Cable coating Tom. It will kill you faster than what’s going around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom from mass View Post
    Does anyone apply some coating onto all the plastic components and cable on detectors to prevent UV degradation. The sun seems to ruin all plastic eventually even making it brittle. It must be obvious this sheltering in place BS is getting to me. Maybe I need to drink more
    NO, You need to get out more. We hike and bike trails. If someone come by, we step off into the woods. I'll take a tick bite over corona any day. Yesterday we were gold prospecting. Didn't see anyone. Going out does not mean mingling!
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    In a previous post, someone mentioned they wrapped the coil cable with this tape...

    https://www.amazon.com/X-Treme-Tape-...cf661976b0ae05
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    100% pure silicone is what I use on cables.
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    I use a food grade silicone to spray the cables, silicone is a UV inhibiator. I use McNutt, spray cables about once a month let it set 10 mins and then wipe off any excess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    100% pure silicone is what I use on cables.
    There are some silicone sprays out there... I use WD silicone spay... hasn't failed me... yet. heh
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    :/... just saw TH's post.
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    Just be sure it is vegetable based not petroleum based. Use petroleum base and it will destroy the cables insulation over time.
    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; May 18, 2020 at 06:04 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Just be sure it is vegetable based not petroleum based. Use petroleum base and it will destroy the cables insulation over time.
    Interesting.... and how did this get learned originally I wonder ?

    I mean... silicone is silicone... no ? ? ?

    I really don't know... gonna do a search on it.

    https://www.wd40.com/products/silicone-lubricant/
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    I have 2 GT's & a XS-2 with a Newer Coil from Minelab.
    the Coating on 2 of them Cracked & Peeled off leaving Colored Wires in the Wind.

    I heard this was an Issue with one Batch of Coils.

    One of the GT's was never out the Box except to Test it, So it never was hit by the Sun.
    I Wrapped it with Black tape Just to prevent it from Pealing if it ever gets used.

    Of course all depends on the Lifespan of the Tapes Stickum also.
    it may automatically deteriorate like old scotch tape too.
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    There is petroleum based silicone and vegetable based silicone, be sure it is vegetable based.
    Petroleum based damages the polymers in the cable insulation.
    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; May 18, 2020 at 06:41 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    There is petroleum based silicone and vegetable based silicone, be sure it is vegetable based.
    Well I have been using the WD one that I posted a link for years... prolly 6ish now.

    No problems... thus far anyway.

    I use on a multitude of things with great results... in fact... I find it sometimes a bit "light"... wished it was almost not so watered down and a bit thicker.
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    Prior to tht spray I was using tube and a rag/
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