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    Waterproofing Metal Detectors??

    I'm wondering if there is a way to make the control box portion of my Garrett ace 350 waterproof for hunting deeper (7-8ft max) in water. A google search led me to 3 sites that said to wrap plastic bags around the control box but I know right now that doing that will only break my toy. Is there a product out there for that or a way to safely ghetto rig it to be completely submerged?
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    The only one I have ever seen was put inside a pelican box with a hole drilled for the plug then layer upon layer of silicone around the plug.
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    I had a waterproofed sovereigh gt that was mounted in a ikelite camara box witht he controls extended outside the box. It was toatally waterproof, I sold it about 4 months ago.... What you are asking can be done, but remember there is water pressure, one leak and your detector is toast...

    Your better off putting the money you would spend on a custom mod for you 350 into a used waterproofed detector to begin with.... Peace of mind is worth a lot......
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    Never tried it because most the links were broken, but have at it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    I had a waterproofed sovereigh gt that was mounted in a ikelite camara box witht he controls extended outside the box. It was toatally waterproof, I sold it about 4 months ago.... What you are asking can be done, but remember there is water pressure, one leak and your detector is toast...

    Your better off putting the money you would spend on a custom mod for you 350 into a used waterproofed detector to begin with.... Peace of mind is worth a lot......
    Agreed 100% at best you'll spend a lot of money on mods that will void the warranty, at worst, you'll end up with a drowned detector. Best to go with a machine made for the task, that way if it leaks, you can send it back for repair.
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    You can make your detector rain-proof and and splash proof (and maybe a quick shallow dunk proof) by plastic wrap, black tape and the joints, etc... But no, not water-proof for the type depth and time you're talking about. No matter how well you wrap it, water's going to find it's way to simple plastic bags, tape, etc....

    As for long-term mod's (camera boxes designed to make non-water-proof cameras water-proof), I think you'll eventually run up to the expense and time that you might as well just plunk your $ down on a waterproof detector. Because the time modifying your machine to fit the size and orifices which aren't specific to the size and shape of the camera boxes.

    Another thing to keep in mind, is that if you make something utterly truly self-contained encapsulated cavity, is sweat. Sweat beads can form inside a totally sealed containment. So you have to put one of those silicone absorbancy packs in, I think.
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    I bought my w.proofed sov gt already modded. The case alone was over $100 plus controls, headphones and cable had to have custom mods with waterproof connectors. I lucked out and got it on a divorce sell, builder refused to build any for anyone else due to expense and the time it took to build it.




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