Taco Marine - Projects Guide - page 5

Rub Rail
1. Place masking tape above or below where the
rub rail will go. Mark where the new holes are
going to be located. Be sure to avoid the old filled
holes. Space the holes a maximum of 6” apart.
Note: this should be the first step in all rub rail installations.
2. Mark the midpoint of the rub rail with a piece of
tape and soak the flexible rub rail in a tub of
hot water (maximum 120 degrees F°) or outside
in the sun on the grass or pavement. Avoid
sliding or dragging the rub rail on the pavement,
as it will scratch. Either process should take at
least 20 minutes to properly heat the rub rail.
3. While it is warm, lay out the rub rail (following the
gunwale of the boat) with the mark at the bow.
4. Drill 2 holes through the rub rail about 2” apart
on one side of the bow and install the truss-head
screws. Use silicone on the threads to create a
water tight seal.
5. With the two fasteners installed at the bow, go to
the stern and stretch the rub rail by pulling it
from the bow, towards the stern. Drill and install
two screws at the stern position (this must be
done while the rub rail remains warm and pliable).
6. Quickly do the same stretching and fastening
procedure on the opposite side.
7. Install the rub rail along the transom and install a
screw 1” back from the center line. Trim off the
excess. Repeat the process on the other side (use
a heatgun to bend on tight corners).
8. Go back to the bow and begin drilling the holes
according to the marks you made on the masking
tape. Put silicone on the threads and install the
9. Repeat the process until the entire rub rail has
been installed.
10. To install the insert and end caps, see the
following sections in this brochure.
To ensure a straight and consistent
installation when installing flexible
vinyl rub rail, it is best to stretch
the rub rail during the installation
process. Two people make this job
much easier!
With flexible vinyl rub rail, the opening
for the insert and fasteners may be
narrower than the screw head. During
installation, have something handy that
can spread the opening until the screw
head has passed the front opening.
Use caution- the drill chuck can
damage the rub rail if it touches during
drilling of the holes.
Step 4
Step 5
Step 8
HANDY HANKS’ TIP: Be careful not to over-tighten the screws or the rub rail will pucker (wrinkle).
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