Taco Marine - Projects Guide - page 3

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RUB RAIL SELECTION TIPS
You can replace your rub rail with a factory replacement
style or a completely different look. Regardless of the
material originally installed by the builder of your boat,
feel free to choose the material and style you desire.
• Rub rail is easier to install if you remember to
choose a rub rail that is at least the same height as
the original
• Flexible vinyl rub rail is the easiest to bend and provides a
cushioning effect against normal bumps from pilings and docks
• Rigid vinyl and aluminum rub rail with flexible vinyl insert
perform well, last longer and are easy to install straight
• Rigid vinyl rub rail with stainless steel overlap provides the best
protection and the longest useful life
• TACO rub rail samples are available upon request
• To determine the best rub rail for your boat please refer to the
“TACO Original Factory Rub Rail Replacement Guide”
or visit tacomarine.com, click on catalogs.
Rub Rail
RUB RAIL INSTALLATION
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
• Ensure the length of the rub rail is sufficient for your boat. It is always better to
buy more than you need
• Make sure to purchase all the materials needed (rub rail, insert, fasteners, end
caps, splice caps, etc…) to complete the job
• Carefully read all the instructions before beginning and/or watch the TACO
Rub Rail Installation Video/DVD
MEASURING YOUR BOAT
1. Measure the length and width of your boat
2. Add them together and multiply by two
3. The total will give you the minimum length of rub rail
required for your boat in feet
Length
x 2
Beam
x 2
TOOLS & SUPPLIES NEEDED
• TACO rub rail and insert
• Measuring tape
• Safety goggles
• Two cordless drills (one for a
screwdriver bit and one for a drill bit)
• Putty knife or scraper
• Caulking gun with silicone
sealant or a tube of 3M 5200
• Metal file
• Heat gun (for rigid vinyl rub rail and flexible
inserts)
• Garden shears (for cutting
flexible vinyl rub rail and inserts)
or hacksaw/power saw & cutoff
wheel (for cutting stainless steel
overlaps)
• Miter box (for metal and rigid vinyl rub rail)
• Rubber mallet
• TACO Rub Rail Installation Video/DVD
• Fasteners
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