The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum

Go Back   >
Search


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-09-2017, 10:18 AM   #1
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Delaware
Posts: 508
Default Switch help

In a couple months I am sending the boat to get rewired and I am replacing all my Seacraft pull switches. The current switches in the boat are plastic dipped switches and someone recommend that when buying new I spend the extra for them. Everything we have ever installed has always been covered with heat shrink at connections but not where the wire connects to the switch.

So my question to more experienced electrical people. Should I spend the $5-10 extra dollars for each switch to get the plastic/rubber coated back switches? I have been able to find the simple push pull switches plastic dipped, but haven't been able to find a 12v plug, push/pull/pull, or momentary horn switch that are coated. So I would end up with 9-10 that are coated and 3 that aren't.
Captdj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 03:20 PM   #2
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 10,041
Default

If it's going to be dry I wouldn't worry about it too much.
VanW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 03:21 PM   #3
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 10,041
Default

If you wanted to you could probably dip them in the plastic stuff yourself....
VanW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 03:58 AM   #4
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Delaware
Posts: 508
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by VanW View Post
If it's going to be dry I wouldn't worry about it too much.
The switches will be as dry as they can be. Little to no water gets in the center console.

Quote:
Originally Posted by VanW View Post
If you wanted to you could probably dip them in the plastic stuff yourself....
I thought about doing that, but no way to do it once they are hooked up. So I would have to cut and attach wire leads to all the switches and dip them before. More hassle then I was wanting to go through.
Captdj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 08:00 AM   #5
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 10,041
Default

I have some on my boat that I'm pretty sure are original 1985 and they still work without the coating. However, when I replaced some I went with the coated ones.... just made me feel better.
VanW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 08:04 AM   #6
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Delaware
Posts: 508
Default

Mine now aren't coated and I haven't had any problems with them. Someone mentioned when I get it all rewired to switch them. Thinking I might just keep what I have and call it a day.
Captdj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 05:09 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Nelson, New Zealand
Posts: 836
Default

Get a jar/aerosol of liquid electrical tape and DIY the three you can't buy pre-dipped?
MikeAqua is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 06:07 PM   #8
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Delaware
Posts: 508
Default

Would be an option to maybe dab some liquid electrical tape over the switches once installed. Spray would be a bad idea trying to spray installed switches inside a console.
Captdj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 06:34 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Nelson, New Zealand
Posts: 836
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Captdj View Post
Would be an option to maybe dab some liquid electrical tape over the switches once installed. Spray would be a bad idea trying to spray installed switches inside a console.
The bottle with brush is simpler to apply but quite thick and I found it hard to get a smooth even coat.

You get a more even coat with the spray but it's messy so you have to mask stuff. It doesn't spray as wide or fine as regular spray paint.
MikeAqua is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 06:46 PM   #10
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Delaware
Posts: 508
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeAqua View Post
The bottle with brush is simpler to apply but quite thick and I found it hard to get a smooth even coat.

You get a more even coat with the spray but it's messy so you have to mask stuff. It doesn't spray as wide or fine as regular spray paint.
Yea I'm not a fan of the can and brush stuff. Bought some last fall for a project. Tried to use it and had it everywhere but where I needed it. Has come in hand when I need to blob some on something but you are right no finesse work with that stuff.

I'm thinking I'm just going with the non dipped switches.
Captdj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2017, 01:16 AM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 3
Default

I would suggest using the Heat Shrink Tube with Glue Adhesive.
It can be easily instaled over the switch contact poles, after you solder wires on or after crimping some fast-on connectors, it's clean job and it will give adequate shortcut and water intrusion protection.

Here you can se the idea ...
Kepca is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:35 AM.


©2009 TheHullTruth.com

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.9.3.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.