Rub Rail Replacement Selection Guide - page 40

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FLEXIBLE VINYL RUB RAIL INSTALLATION
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˚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 heat gun 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 screws.
9.
Repeat the process until the entire rub rail
has been installed.
10. For installation of insert and end cap, please follow the
instructions on page 44.
INSTALLATION & MORE
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TIPS
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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!
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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.
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Use caution
-
the drill chuck
can damage
the rub rail if
it touches
during drilling
of the holes.
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Be careful
not to
over-tighten
the screws
or the rub rail
will pucker
(wrinkle).
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