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Technical Preservative for spark plug wires

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Beanscoot, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. Beanscoot
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    I just carefully cleaned and dried my spark plug wires as they were dirty from oil mist and well, dirt.
    Now they are quite clean and ready to absorb grime anew, so I am wondering if there is some suitable spray or coating I can put on them to keep them a bit cleaner, and shine up the dull look.
    I have thought about WD40, dielectric grease, silicone spray etc. but maybe someone has experience with this.
    Google searching and searching on this site didn't give me the answer.

    I know I can simply buy new wires.
     
  2. gnichols
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    Just a guess... one of those car care products for exterior rubber, plastic and trim, such as Black Gold?
     
  3. Joe Blow
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    Goop hand cleaner (the non-pumice)......really.
     
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  4. studebakerjoe
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    Beanscoot, you might want to check with Moriarty. He has a large spark plug wire collection, ask him what he keeps his polished with.
     
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  5. 427 sleeper
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    That's some funny shit right there! :D
     
  6. studebakerjoe
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    Thank you 427.
     
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  7. trollst
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    Silicone, buy it at the rv store, comes in a spray can, spray a cloth and wipe them down, good for anything rubber, bad for paint.
     
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    I wonder what kind of plug wires they are? There are different materials used to make them....it might make a difference?

    but if it were mine, I'd leave them unpreserved.
     
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  10. What color you need?
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  11. indcontrols
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    If you can find a spray can of mold release, it is mostly silicone oil...
     
  12. Beanscoot
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    I think they are silicone, they are light grey in colour.

    I guess I'll go with silicone spray, since it should be less sticky than some of the alternatives. I don't want to leave them bare because they seem a bit porous after their bath, and I think they'll really hold on to grubby fingerprints etc. if I don't give them some coating now.

    Thanks for all the suggestions!
     
  13. Clear “Dip It” spray rubber.
    Doesn't holdup to oil though.
    VHT makes a clear heat and chemical resistant spray. Would be nice if it had the flex designed for the funny rubber painted bumpers
     
  14. oldolds
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    We used to use Mop and Glo (shines house floors) on vinyl tops and interiors before Armorall type products came along. That and silicon spray were a used car detail guys go-to products to shine about anything.
     
  15. Dielectric (silicone) grease or silicone spray. Avoid petroleum based cleaners or lubes.

    LOL! :p Talk about your "first world" problems . . . :rolleyes:
     
  16. They actually make a spray for plug wires that is supposed to waterproof and preserve them. It looks a lot like they have been clear shot with clear lacquer when it is done.

    Let me see if I can find some on line to give you some idea what to look for.

    Here is some from Gunk. looks like it is the same type of stuff we used to buy. But gives you an idea.

    https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai...ahUKEwiJycO8qYPnAhWJLc0KHRJtC_0QwzwIMQ&adurl=
     
  17. borderboy1971
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    I'd kinda lean towards leaving them dry myself. When I was a teen, I got to borrow mom and dad's car to take a chick out on a date. So I cleaned it up really good (the car), and armour alled the whitewall tires. I drove to her place to pick her up (gravel road), and the tires looked like crap with all the dust stuck to them. I did not get lucky that night......not sure if that was armour alls fault though.
     
  18. Truck64
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    It would be tough to improve on kerosene, as far as general cleaning is concerned. Definitely traditional.
     
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  19. Gman0046
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    In Kentucky we use KY Jelly.
     
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  20. ^^^^^ What ever gets the spark going again.
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  21. Beanscoot
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    "In Kentucky we use KY Jelly"

    I sometimes refer to "Kentucky Jelly" but nobody gets it. I suppose where you are, they do.

    I want to use a product that doesn't crack when the wires are flexed, and doesn't stay sticky and attract dirt.

    Thanks for all the ideas, it gives me a lot of choices.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2020

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