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mark posted 02-28-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for mark   Send Email to mark  
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to clean the white rubrail on my '87 outrage. I have tried various cleaners and also 320 sand paper but even that does not seem to help much. The same question would also apply to the black insert, can this be lightly sanded to take out the scratches? Thanks in advance for your help.
Bigshot posted 03-01-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Acetone does a nice job. Do NOT use it on the seal around the outboard cowling...can make it sticky.
commodore posted 03-02-2002 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for commodore  Send Email to commodore     
I have the same project coming up. Acetone was going to be an option, but I was also going to use gritty rubbing compound with a 3M green pad. Have you tried that?


youngil posted 03-03-2002 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for youngil  Send Email to youngil     
I used acetone and it works great!
mark posted 03-03-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark  Send Email to mark     
maybe I'm confused as to what color the rub rail should be. I just removed the rear stainless corner protectors and the rubrail looks tan underneath. This boat came from Florida so maybe the white I see in the vinyl is oxidation. I have tried acetone on a small section and it seems to clean off the dirt but the white and tan streaks remain. Also tried light sanding without much success. I would think that with light wet sanding something should happen?
Thanks, Mark
Tom W Clark posted 03-04-2002 01:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Regarding the color of the rub rail, you should read this fine article first:

Acetone is what I always used on my rub rail and it works to a point, but it will never get the deep yellowing or "white and tan streaks" out completely. If you want it to look like new just buy a new rub rail.

Bigshot posted 03-04-2002 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Ditto Tom!

Acetone cleans it white. new makes it tan and soon to be white. they don't stay tan long.

mark posted 03-04-2002 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for mark  Send Email to mark     
Thanks all,
I think I'll try a little more sanding but I'll probably end up buying a new rubrail.
Thanks Tom for directing me to the rubrail article.

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