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Old 05-02-2011, 14:49   #1
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Exterior Electronics Plug Maintenance

I have roughly 10 difference sizes and shapes of Electronics Plugs that sit exposed to the elements most of the time at the helm, because I disconnect the Electronic Equipment and store inside. Now some of the Electronics don't work, probably because of corroded plugs.

Does anyone have advise on how to clean Exterior Electronic plugs of corrosion??

How to maintain them so that they don't corrode??

I use to cover them with plastic bags and choke the plastic bag down to the lead wire, but that didn't seem to help much. http://www.cruisersforum.com/images/...s/banghead.gif
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Try cleaning the connections off with a steel brush if they aren't long gone already. If that fails, just snip the ends off and put new crimp connectors on and spray them with Boe Shield T-9 spray, it works really well when used to prevent corrosion, it also makes everything waterproof becuase it leaves a waxy film over the connector. So its like getting a 2 for 1 deal. Hopes this helps you out Tim.

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Try CRC Contact cleaner, a wire brush, then a coating of dielectric silicone grease. Chuck
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I'm talking about Raymarine multi- pinned plugs, where a female plug has multiple holes, each smaller than a tooth pick. Not sure that a wire brush could get in there.

I bought a dental tool kit and am going to try getting in each pin hole with a dental pick. I could see where a wire brush would work on the male plugs, but don't see where it would get to the bottom of each pin hole on the female plugs.

Thought there might be an easier way than a dental pick, hole by hole. Have tried several sprays, with no success.
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It is possible that with constant removal and reattachment of the plugs that you have broken one or more of the wires inside the plugs. Chuck
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I guess that would be your best bet, unless you can spray some WD-40 or PB blaster into the holes to eat the corrosion away and then just scrape what is left over out of the holes. After that just spray it with that BOE Shield T-9 or coat it with some sort of non conductive grease, and that should keep it safe from the elements as long as you keep an eye on it, and the coating doesn't wear off.

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It is possible that with constant removal and reattachment of the plugs that you have broken one or more of the wires inside the plugs. Chuck
this is a possibility.

When i come across this problem i use corrosion x spray an let it soak for a bit and then it also provides a waterproof coating. I used it on a piece of steel that started to corrode i have for a demo in that is in water 24/7 an it never rusted again.hope it works out.
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