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Re: Lifeline Maintenance

Originally Posted by MikeinLA View Post
I just finished installing new vinyl-coated lifelines on my boat and I'm wondering which product might be best to keep them white and new looking. I thought maybe Collinite # 845 because it has a UV protectant in it, but I'm really not sure. I just know that I don't want to hand-swage any more terminals for a while, so I want to keep them nice. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Mike
First of all, remove them and put a strip of heat shrink tubing over the joint or seam between the end fittings and the vinyl covering - I overlap each part by about an inch. This will prevent water from getting into the wire core and make the lines last a lot longer.

For maintaining them, I use Armor All - it's a vinyl protectant designed for sun exposure (dashboards etc.). There are other products like it as well - you can find them in the auto wax/cleaner section of hardware stores. I wouldn't use wax on vinyl.

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