Taco Marine - Projects Guide - page 10

Rub Rail
HANDY HANKS’ TIPS: Have one person heat the rail and the other slowly bend it
around and avoid forcing the material due to inadequate heat.
Before installing the rest of the rub rail, put it up in position and check to see if
any pre-drilled holes line up with filled holes. You will be able to adjust the hole
location by cutting off several inches from the end that butts up to the previously
installed piece.
Available in 12’ and 20’ lengths with holes pre-drilled every 6”. Some aluminum rub rails
incorporate vinyl inserts, while others do not.
1. Place masking tape above or below where the rub rail will go and mark where the
new holes should go.
2. Place the center of the first length on the bow. If a mounting hole is already there,
move it to one side 3”.
3. Press the rub rail against the hull until you come back to one end.
4. If any of the holes line up with the filled holes, try adjusting the rub rail a few inches
one way or the other. Avoid a hole within two inches of either side of the bow.
5. Drill through the pre-drilled holes with a drill bit smaller than the screw.
6. Coat the threads with Silicone or 3M 5200 and
install the screw.
7. Continue this process up to the bend at the bow.
8. Bend the rub rail around the bow by applying
steady pressure with one hand while you lightly
tap the rub rail with a rubber mallet where you
want it to bend. Once bent remove insert and install screws.
9. Complete the installation of the rest of the rub rail.
10. Butt the next length up against the previously
installed length. If a hole lines up with a filled
hole, cut a few inches off the end in a miter box.
This will change the location of the holes.
HANDY HANKS’ TIP: Before bending, if the rub rail takes an insert, install about 6” of insert into the bend
site to keep the channel from collapsing or losing shape during bending but do not cut it off the roll.
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