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Milepost43 posted 11-15-2008 11:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for Milepost43   Send Email to Milepost43  
I just noticed that I have two scratches about 2-inches long each on the outside of my port grab rail of my 220 Dauntless. I don't remember rubbing against something but I guess I did. Each scratch is very rusted. What is the best method of repair?

Don't ask how I did it but managed to cut the cable coming from the speedometer wheel mounted on the transom. Can it be spliced? Do I need special electrical stuff?

Thanks much for any advice.

jimh posted 11-15-2008 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Low voltage electrical cables can be spliced with Scotch 3M-33 vinyl electrical tape as an insulating medium.
Jefecinco posted 11-15-2008 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Brasso on a power drill mounted buffer pad will rub out scratches. If the scratch is deep use very fine grit crocus cloth or similar to make the scratch more manageable for the Brasso.

If your rail is stainless steel and chrome plated use a little caution in order to retain as much of the plating as possible.

If your speedometer cable is cut on the transom I would splice followed by an Ancor heat treated shrink wrap. If in a dry area tape would be adaquate.


davej14 posted 11-16-2008 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I wouldn't expect to have a "very rusted" grab rail because it should be fabricated from stainless steal tubing which should not rust.

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