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Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

Whew! pretty awesome day yesterday on SF Bay - solid 25 knots gusting 35+. 'Favorable' conditions for getting to know our new-to-us Tartan 4100. Handled great, docking was slightly less great.

Gusting 90-degree crosswinds at 25-30kt made docking more than a little challenging, aborted first attempt with a minor scratch on the teak toe rail. Our 'successful' entry left a few streaks of white plastic from the rub rails on the topsides.

Wondering what the safest method of removing the streaks without damaging the awl grip might be. I can likely take the majority off without issue, but one mark seems to prefer remaining as is....

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Re: Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

It depends.
Are the streaks of white plastic on the teak rub rail or on the deck? It is difficult to picture your situation without a photo.
Very careful work with a razor blade can remove most of the foreign material, whatever it is.

SF Bay is known for it's winds.

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Re: Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

If the white marks are from vinyl rub rails on boats beside you, use MEK - Methyl Ethyl Ketone. It works great, the best of anything I've found, for cleaning up those rub rails and anything else vinyl - cowl vents, fenders etc. - should do the reverse quite nicely. Dampen a cloth with it and rub - it evaporates extremely quickly - like alcohol - so you'll have to keep wetting the cloth.

Were you docking somewhere downtown? A cousin had a berth along there for his Cat 42 but after a few adventures like you describe he moved to Alameda.
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Re: Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

CalebD - thanks -- Summer winds came a tad early indeed....

Here's a shot of the rub rail marks:
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Re: Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

SloopJonB

Great suggestion re: MEK. Will definitely check it out. The rub rail marks are from the edges and (mostly) corner of the slip, not sure if same material as cowl vents/vinyl etc but seems likely it is...

- yeah, we're basically the north end of Saus Yacht Harbor which is downtown. Killer location, I will hopefully master the docking skills necessary to remain there!!

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Great suggestion re: MEK. Will definitely check it out. The rub rail marks are from the edges and (mostly) corner of the slip, not sure if same material as cowl vents/vinyl etc but seems likely it is...

- yeah, we're basically the north end of Saus Yacht Harbor which is downtown. Killer location, I will hopefully master the docking skills necessary to remain there!!
The way my cuz described docking there, I think I'd learn how to warp a boat into its berth - it sounds like it can get near impossible. Maneuvering at dead slow speeds in 30 knot crosswinds I never knew why S.F. sailors advertise "upwind" and "downwind" berths until I learned about the conditions there - I'd definitely want an upwind berth - and a VERY low windage boat.
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Re: Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

SJB,

Won't MEK, Acetone or Lacquer Thinner also remove the wax on that nice blue hull?

The picture helps to explain that it was the rub rails on the dock that got onto your hull. Most boats have their own rub rails which is what had me confused by your question.
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Won't MEK, Acetone or Lacquer Thinner also remove the wax on that nice blue hull?

The picture helps to explain that it was the rub rails on the dock that got onto your hull. Most boats have their own rub rails which is what had me confused by your question.
Of course but I'd imagine the wax got rubbed off by the dock already - pretty easy to put it back on the area that needs work.
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Re: Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

Just be careful with skin contact and MEK. It does interesting things to your internals and adsorbs very quickly.
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Re: Removing Rub Rail Marks from Topsides

Len, Good to know - I usually prefer uninteresting things happening to my internals.

Will certainly test the solvent out on an inconspicuous spot first.

SloopJonB - ours is a crosswind berth, like most in Sausalito since most are parallel to shore. I wouldn't classify ours as a low windage boat either!
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