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Chalky rub rails

Any ideas on coating old rubrails so they don't leak white chalk-like oxidation all over the side. I've used penetrol but found it to be short lived.
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What are the rub rails made of?

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I don't know. It's a white rubber like material with a dull surface. It's the original 70's era material used by Jensen Marine in building Cals.
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Unfortunately, your profile does not indicate the boat you have. For most Cal's however, (you did say Jensen) you may be able to obtain replacement rub-rail material from Steve Seal at Seal's Spars and Rigging . Steve worked for Jensen for years and has made a business out of providing replacement parts and materials for Cal's.

If the foregoing doesn't work for you, you might also get a few more years out of your old rub rail by giving it a good scrub to get down to un-oxidized rubber (it's there somewhere), wiping down the material thoroughly with acetone and then coating it with Nicrocote (contact Marineco through Marinco.com/Brand/Nicro ). The material is designed to refurbish Nicro's white plastic cowl vents but it can be used on about any rubber/plastic so long as the prep's good.

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I would just go ahead and scuttle her. She won't do with streaks all over her topsides.
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