Rub Rail Replacement Selection Guide - page 43

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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
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.
Thoroughly clean
both sides of the
stainless steel
rub rail.
Do not use
cleaners with
- edges
may be sharp!
Available in 12' and 20' lengths with holes pre-drilled every 6".
Some aluminum rub rails incorporate vinyl inserts and others do not.
Place masking tape above or below where the rub rail will
go and mark where the new holes should go.
Place the center of the first length on the bow. If a
mounting hole is already there, move it to one side 3".
Press the rub rail against the hull until you come back to one end.
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.
Drill through the pre-drilled holes with a drill bit smaller
than the screw.
Coat the threads with Silicone or
3M 5200 and install the screw.
Continue this process up to the
bend at the bow.
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.
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.
11. Continue this process until you come
back to the other end of the length
you installed at the bow. Measure
the last length carefully so that it fits
tightly and install the screws.
12. For installation of insert and end
cap, please follow the instructions
on page 44.
Stainless Steel offers the maximum durability, while
maintaining a classic style. Stainless Steel rub rail is available
in 304 and 316 grade in widths from 1/2" to 2" and in solid
back and hollow back. All stainless steel rub rail is pre-drilled
and countersunk. Depending on the style, these rub rails can
be installed directly on the boat as a rub rail or as an overlap
on rigid vinyl rub rail. Follow instructions same as aluminum
(above) with the exception of the following:
When bending it around corners, use a rubber mallet to
ensure a tight bend. stainless steel requires a lot more
force to bend than aluminum.
Cutting the stainless steel rub rail is best done with a
cut off wheel. If discoloration appears, polish it out with
some rouge and a polishing wheel.
When used as an overlap, the mounting holes should be
between the mounting screws of the rigid vinyl rub rail.
When mounting to rigid vinyl rub rail, use short
screws that do not penetrate the hull.
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