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That would be cool, especially since SSS doesn't work worth a damn as a mosquito repellent, despite lots of claims :-)

I like the split loom solution....simple, inexpensive, likely to work very well.

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Plastics that get gummy after exposure are literally oozing uncured plasticizer. That is often at least slightly toxic and a sign of inferior quality, so beware.

But solvent cleaning or simple degreasers will get it off, and eventually it will stop oozing out. If it is from a reputable vendor, I'd take it back and say "Uncured plasticizer! Oozing! TOXIC! Refund please." and look for a better power cord.
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The 'sticky goo' that forms on the surface of vinyl objects after long term exposure to the sun is 'dioctylphtalate' a chemical that is used as a mold release and additive to the PVC molding process.
The good news is the dioctylphtalate is soluble in 'light weight' mineral oils - such as kerosene, mineral spirits, PB-blaster, etc. Just apply/spritz, let soak, rub off with a towel. Works on 'sticky' vinyl 'fenders', yellow power cords, etc. etc. etc.
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My Marinco power cord still gets “gummy” even after ten years (and at their prices, they should come out and clean it themselves!). If the gumminess gets away from me, I go the acetone route. If it is not so bad, then lacquer thinner or mineral sprits. When I keep up with it I use the power cord cleaner from West Marine. I have tried several things to seal it after cleaning. Penetrol did not work for me and the cord cleaners did not last so long. Lately, I been applying a good wax (with UV inhibitors) after cleaning and that seems to keep it looking good the longest.
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How about folding a thin piece of cloth around the cord and running a straight stitch along the edge to make a cover ? Easy, cheap. When it gets shabby just make another one.

Or, alternatively, get some thin cordage and make something like a chain of half or clove hitches close together along the length of the wire to make a kind of bumper around the wire that keeps it from touching the deck. Probably be pretty if you did it.

Or, cut a piece of garden hose down it's length, open it up, and put the cord inside of it, then release so the garden hose makes a cover over the line.

Or, get a better cable ?

Or, get some cable wrap.

Or, get some cardboard tree wrap.

Or, paint the cable.

Or, ... ?

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Clean then wipe down with armor-all vinyl protectant from any auto part store, and repeat when the cord looks like it needs it.
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Or, alternatively, get some thin cordage and make something like a chain of half or clove hitches close together along the length of the wire to make a kind of bumper around the wire that keeps it from touching the deck. Probably be pretty if you did it.
You could get a few pieces of line and braid or weave them around the cable to cover it, that would look really nice. That is how they make a lot of line we use on boats, braid strands around a core to make a cover, I think it would turn out well if you did the same thing around a cable.

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Or, cut a piece of garden hose down it's length, open it up, and put the cord inside of it, then release so the garden hose makes a cover over the line.
Wouldn't that do the same thing? I guess white garden hose would last a little longer and not stand out so much as a green one

EDIT: OP, I missed that you know about the Marinco Zip Cover, Oops

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You could get a few pieces of line and braid or weave them around the cable to cover it, that would look really nice. That is how they make a lot of line we use on boats, braid strands around a core to make a cover, I think it would turn out well if you did the same thing around a cable.
Here, this is what I was talking about, except instead of ribbon use thin line, and instead of a pole, wrap the cord around your cable to make a braided cover for the length of cable that is on your boat.


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Umm -- just a thought here, but wouldn't just cleaning the cord periodically work? Maybe I'm not fully understanding the problem...
OK, the above question may be off-topic, but I'm curious about the answer myself.

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