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chawk610
06-20-2011, 04:00 PM
Getting ready to put a new rub rail on the boat... are there any tips or secrets... looks to me like it is going to be a real pain!!!

Kyle
06-20-2011, 04:06 PM
Heat gun and a lot of patience.

TxsRiverRat
06-20-2011, 04:07 PM
don't over heat....

chawk610
06-20-2011, 04:08 PM
the chrome rail stays on... slide the insert in I am thinking??? Soapy water or silicone spray maybe?

Kyle
06-20-2011, 04:18 PM
the chrome rail stays on... slide the insert in I am thinking??? Soapy water or silicone spray maybe?

Call Jeff Knight at txmc tomorrow. We will tell you to use a heat gun.

The insert gets soft and will snap in then when it cools it will harden and stay put. It's not like you are melting it. Heat it up still being able to touch it without gloves so warm and push the insert into the metal rail.

supturb89
06-20-2011, 04:32 PM
I used my wifes hair dryer. Took maybe 30 minutes.

76S&S
06-20-2011, 04:36 PM
Or just put it in the sun for one of these 99 degree days we've been having.

chawk610
06-20-2011, 04:43 PM
Call Jeff Knight at txmc tomorrow. We will tell you to use a heat gun.

The insert gets soft and will snap in then when it cools it will harden and stay put. It's not like you are melting it. Heat it up still being able to touch it without gloves so warm and push the insert into the metal rail.



Awesome... ok!

Jorski
06-20-2011, 05:16 PM
One trick that I used was to get a 4" putty knife....I would heat up a foot or so of rubrail (it gets pretty hot, set top edge in place..then use the putty knife to push the other edge up and in.

It's not too bad of a job.

On other tip...leave the end (where the two ends meet at the stern) a little long and trim it after it cools; it will shrink a little as it cools down.

03geetee
06-20-2011, 08:12 PM
I used the hot water in a 5 gallon bucket trick. Let it stand in a bucket of near boiling water for 10 mins, then get started and dont stop. A friend might come in handy for this!

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JTR

chawk610
06-29-2011, 03:40 PM
thanks for the tips!!!! That new rail looks GREAT!!! Funny how little things make a huge difference

Dino Don
06-30-2011, 08:37 PM
thanks for the tips!!!! That new rail looks GREAT!!! Funny how little things make a huge difference

Where did you get the replacement??

east tx skier
06-30-2011, 09:36 PM
Agree with the "a friend comes in handy" comment.

ahhudgins
06-30-2011, 10:31 PM
I only had to remove and then install part of mine to fix a leak. Did mine in 80+ sunshine and then rubbed a little WD-40 on it and it wasn't too much of a pain. If I had to do the entire rub rail I would do as others have suggested and get a second pair of hands. Will make it a lot easier and quicker.