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PeteB88 posted 05-22-2006 06:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for PeteB88   Send Email to PeteB88  
I have an exposed terminal block on rear quarter of my 13. It troubles me - I saw a Starbright product (I think) that was Liquid Electical Tape - and wondered if any of you all have experience with it. It looks like you can dab on connections like trailer wires where a MM of copper is exposed etc.

OR if there is any other remedy for the exposed terminal block pls advise. The labeling shows pictures of terminal block w/ stuff about to be brushed on it.

thanks and best to you all

bsmotril posted 05-22-2006 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I use it everwhere there is an exposed connection like you mentioned. It might not look pretty, but it works great. Beware of drips, it is hard to clean up, especially after it starts to dry. Lay a wrag or something similar under the block, or put a shelf of masking tape under the terminal block before you apply. BillS
PeteB88 posted 05-22-2006 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Thanks - so what if you need to mess around with the wiring on the block, does it peel off?
Casco Bay Outrage posted 05-22-2006 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
I use it as well.

I prefer this method to the heat shrink since it is easier to apply, dries quick.

Application is tricky. The brush that comes in the cap stinks. I wipe most of it off the shaft and brush and apply/dip several times. Several light coats is better than 1 heavy one.

Make sure the threads on the container and cap are clean. If you have a loose fit, it will either spill in your toolbox (wait for it to cure, then clean up) or it will cure in the can.

When at Hamilton Marine (decent marine supply place here in Maine) buying bilge pump/float switch for my Montauk, guys recommended liquid tape over heat shrink etc.

P.S It comes in Black and Red.

bsmotril posted 05-23-2006 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
If you ever need to remove a terminal screw after applying the liquid tape, it is not a problem. Just use the screwdriver blade to scrape it out of the terminal screw slot, and remove the terminal screw. The coating gives way easily. BillS
oroseiwhaler posted 05-23-2006 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for oroseiwhaler    
My '98 Outrage 23 came with a large use of Liquid Electrical Tape made by Boston Whaler.
I used it on any modifications i made, and it works great but it's very hard to get here in good old Europe.

Now, first i solder, then smear some 3M 5200 over the soldered joint and then a heatshrink tube over it to get real watertight joints between two cables. I've used this system as well un my 300 foot deep drinking water well to connect the pump and had no problems in the last 3 years.

regards
Chris

PeteB88 posted 05-26-2006 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Thanks for all the comments - I bought some yesterday and will be using in on trailer and boat terminals. Seems like good stuff.

best

PeteB88 posted 05-28-2006 12:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I've been goin buck wild with liquid electrical tape, all dang day. The cap brush indeed stinks - trying to perfect a method. Good stuff, got it all over every thing.

best

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 05-28-2006 01:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
It stinks Pete,but when inahled deeply gives a nice wine like buzz ;oP~~~~~~
DeeVee posted 05-29-2006 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
I found out that it evaporates, even if you have the lid on tight. I had to throw away 3/4's of a can. I bought a new can a couple of months ago and am trying storing the can upside down to make the can last longer.

The brush is a crummy set up, but you clean off as much as you can before you apply to the terminals and it works OK. Oh yes, it can be messy stuff.

Doug Vazquez

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