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Old 09-25-2013, 01:32 PM
andersonmc andersonmc is offline
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Taking off rub rail

How hard is it to remove the rail and put back on? Be a lot easier to buff boat out with it off and give me a chance to powdercoat the rail. Planning on putting new rubber in once put back on.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:35 PM
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Not terrible, just time consuming. Lots of rivets to drill out.

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Old 09-25-2013, 02:12 PM
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Not to hijack, but I have a 3-4" section of rubber rub rail missing. I do have a new section that I will try to cut and install.

Any tips for install? Heat gun & rubber mallet?
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:19 PM
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As far as the rail goes, I carefully used a heat gun, and went about every 3-4 feet. Make sure you have someone help you, 50' can be handful. If it is just a small replacement section, like 4', you can manage on your own. On my tristar, as I went along heating 3-4' sections, I would have a friend hold the slack away. Then as I laid it onto the hull, I would insert large silicone covered screws through the rail into the hull, just making sure to follow the body line. My insert was a flexible material that I simply used a flathead screw driver to pop in the rail itself every 2 feet or so. It actually goes pretty smoothly and is relatively easy to do. Once you pull your old rail off......your committed one way or another.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:24 PM
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if you are going to remove it do yourself a favor and buy an air rivet gun . Makes it a lot easier to reinstall and have a good place to store it as it will bend very easy . When reinstall the rubber soak it in a five gallon pail of very hot water and use liquid soap to lubricate it to reinstall it
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:25 AM
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Removed the old rub rail insert from the boat, that was a snap. Re riveted some bad sections when I have it out on the old rail, then used the hot water trick to soak the entire roll of new insert. Once I started I didn't stop as you are losing heat quickly from the water, but it was not too bad just time consuming and precise.

Can be done!

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