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18' rubrail refinishing
|Author||Topic: 18' rubrail refinishing|
posted 02-28-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-01-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)
Acetone does a nice job. Do NOT use it on the seal around the outboard cowling...can make it sticky.
posted 03-02-2002 05:33 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 03-03-2002 05:45 PM ET (US)
I used acetone and it works great!
posted 03-03-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)
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?
|Tom W Clark||
posted 03-04-2002 01:08 AM ET (US)
Regarding the color of the rub rail, you should read this fine article first: http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/rubRail.html
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.
posted 03-04-2002 10:13 AM ET (US)
Acetone cleans it white. new makes it tan and soon to be white. they don't stay tan long.
posted 03-04-2002 12:50 PM ET (US)
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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