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03-22-2010 10:48 PM
hellosailor KH-
One never knows, although a case of beer at any college chem lab should get you a detailed spectroanalysis of any bottle of "stuff" you need to know about.
An MSDS doesn't have to be complete, they allow for trade secrets and chemicals that won't make you glow in the dark, or blow up while being extinguished. Good case in point: Sta-Bil, the famous pink fuel stabilizer. Anyone who has used it knows how well it works, but the MSDS only mentions something like 98% nahptha (gasoline stock) and there's no word of what the real important secret active ingredient is.
Incredible how common benzene products are, considering how tetragenetic (isn't that the new word for "cancerous" ?) they are.
I know what you mean about 'standard' ingredients, I see people rave about Seafoam every month, while the MSDS says "alcohol, oil, gasoline" pretty much in plain English.
03-22-2010 08:10 PM
KeelHaulin Hmm... I wonder what is in the other 25%. I thought it was Xylene as it smells nearly the same. Usually when I go to buy a product like Goof Off I check the MSDS and sure enough most times it is a standard solvent that is re-packaged. Xylene works almost the same; and without the ethylbenzene which is nasty stuff.

Most lemon oils are just mineral oil with a lemon scent.
03-20-2010 12:46 PM
hellosailor Goof Off is not just xylene. Take a look at the MSDS and you'll find it is:

30-35% Diethylene glycol monomethyl ether
25-30% xylene
5-10% ethylbenzene

So yes, there is xylene in it, but that's like saying a human being is "just" water, because we have so much water content. In this case the other chemicals outweigh the xylene as well.

IIRC pure xylene kicks off and evaporates way faster, too.
03-20-2010 04:38 AM
KeelHaulin Just so everyone is aware; "goof off" is just xylene that is re-packaged and marketed as a magical cleaning product. So if you want the same thing without the marketing just buy xylene or xylol from the hardware store.

Now if we could just find out what is in '303'...

I run my shore cord down the slip finger (neatly); that way we don't need to coil it and re-string it when we sail. I turn the power off at the dock box before we unplug to be sure it's off while away from the dock.
03-19-2010 11:31 AM
svHyLyte I found that I was able to clean our Marinco Cable very effectively with "Goof Off" (see Welcome to the Goof Off Website ), available at Lowes, Home Depot et al. Once the cable was clean, I washed it down with a little warm soapy water and then, once it had dried, I coated it with 303 UV Protectant (see 303 Aerospace Protectant - UV protection from the sun for Rubber, Vinyl, Plastic and Neoprene ), carried by most marine hardware stores. It seems that if one re-coats the cable every few months or so with the 303, deterioration is minimized.

FWIW...
03-19-2010 09:50 AM
ottos Forgive the hijack, but it seems related...

Would the same solutions apply to rubber armoured binocs? Acetone, mineral spirits...

I have a 20 yo pair of Tasco's that have gone gummy.
03-18-2010 06:00 PM
sailjunkie
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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.
03-18-2010 05:45 PM
wind_magic
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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.

03-18-2010 05:38 PM
T37Chef
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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
03-18-2010 05:27 PM
wind_magic
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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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