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    Default Control Cables

    I recently purchased a new throttle cable and the only color it came in was red. I would like it to be black. Any of you guys have any luck painting these cables and it holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxtremez View Post
    I recently purchased a new throttle cable and the only color it came in was red. I would like it to be black. Any of you guys have any luck painting these cables and it holding up?

    Thanks in advance.
    Although the majority of 33 series cables are red they can be purchased in black and even blue.Teleflex for example makes several "grades" (prices) of 33 series throttle cables gotta hunch the plastic cable housing wont take paint well Tom
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    Default Shrink tubing

    You could look into covering the red cable with a length of shrink tubing. Frys Electronics is where I get mine, comes in a few different colors too. Works really well. A heat gun is the preferred method for shrinkage
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    You could look into covering the red cable with a length of shrink tubing. Frys Electronics is where I get mine, comes in a few different colors too. Works really well. A heat gun is the preferred method for shrinkage
    I did that trick to my AN push lock fittings to cover the red shoulder sleeve. Get it just a bit larger and it will shrink bout 1/3 its size. I believe the red cables are a bit more durable from the info I've read.
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    Shrink tube might work. Just remember that after you shrink it and rig it in the boat (bending it) the shrink tube may want to split. Let us know how that works out.
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    You could try dip in the spray form. It has elasticity to it. Theres a bitchn primer by bulldog that aids in adhering paint to several types of surfaces. Used it on glass and chrome with great results.
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    Plasti dip it
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    The shrink stays pretty pliable but could wrinkle on you if care is not taken shrinking it. Once you get it shrunk down and tight around your work (straight shots work best) your "good to go". I put a section of white shrink on my Hawaiian's steering tube to hide the ugly marks left by channel lock jaws.
    Quote Originally Posted by BGMAN View Post
    Shrink tube might work. Just remember that after you shrink it and rig it in the boat (bending it) the shrink tube may want to split. Let us know how that works out.
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    I got a website on my computer that has the black cables and pretty reasonable on them too.
    When I get to the house I'll pm u the website .
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    The shrink stays pretty pliable but could wrinkle on you if care is not taken shrinking it. Once you get it shrunk down and tight around your work (straight shots work best) your "good to go". I put a section of white shrink on my Hawaiian's steering tube to hide the ugly marks left by channel lock jaws.
    He's talking throttle cable, not a rigid aluminum steering tube. I agree that the shrink tube will wrinkle for sure when it's bent, but it could also want to split on the outside of the bend. Either way, wrinkled or spit, it will look like shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMAN View Post
    He's talking throttle cable, not a rigid aluminum steering tube. I agree that the shrink tube will wrinkle for sure when it's bent, but it could also want to split on the outside of the bend. Either way, wrinkled or spit, it will look like shit.
    I know about the 33 cable, I have done many 33's and 43's and they all turned out bitchen. Maybe your using some funky Chinese shrinky???
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    I've used these on both my boats because they are black. I didn't want red. Work great and cost is good.

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    If you do shrink... don't until the cable is in its place, that way its shrunk to the curve.
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    Default A red 43BC ,now it's black

    Cable had a few cracks in it but the operation was free and smooth as new. Shrink tubing in not only for electrical. Check it out.
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