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I'm planning on sleeving some cables and using heatshrink over the end of the connectors for a cleaner look. Fortunately, I had the good sense to test with some scrap first, because the heat needed for shrinking is also melting the plastic connector.
I'm holding it about 6 inches above a flame from a cooker.



Is there a way to do it without melting the connector?
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post #2 of 8
get a hair dryer and set it on high. that should do the trick as well. either that or grab a lighter and and pass the heat shrink back and forth over the flame. Fast enough so that the plastic is not effected but so the wrap will shrink like its suppose to
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post #3 of 8
Personally for heat shrink, I use a soldering iron (mine is 25W) and just hold it nearby.

Can also get away with stroking it on the heat shrink briefly.
    
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Try a Wagner Heat Gun maybe?
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Originally Posted by mwl5apv View Post
get a hair dryer and set it on high. that should do the trick as well. either that or grab a lighter and and pass the heat shrink back and forth over the flame. Fast enough so that the plastic is not effected but so the wrap will shrink like its suppose to
Thanks, I'll try that in the morning.

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Originally Posted by Erick Silver View Post
Try a Wagner Heat Gun maybe?
The lowest heat setting is 750F/400C. The plastic wouldn't stand a chance.
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Hmmm Good point
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post #7 of 8
Well at work I just use a handheld butane torch for heat shrink and have used it on Deutsch type connectors without melting them. Those connectors are for industrial applications however so the plastic may have a much higher melting point.

Just keep the flame far away and kind of sway it back and forth a bit to regulate the heat and you should be fine.
Edited by eshold - 4/16/11 at 5:06pm
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post #8 of 8
With a heat gun, you dont hold it against the plastic...i use one all the time. A hair dryer on high with part of the intake covered or a reducer on the front end will increase the heat, but still isnt quite enough to thoroughly shrink heavier or bigger diameter tubing.

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