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cal2-29 rub rail

Need to replace chalky rail Seals spars is too much for my budgrt $400
any suggestions?
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Re: cal2-29 rub rail

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Need to replace chalky rail Seals spars is too much for my budgrt $400
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You can use an aggressive cleaner such as Goof-Off to clean the surface of the rub-rail and then paint it with the replacement white coating that Nicro makes (made?) for its plastic vents. It will hold up for awhile but will need be redone. In the end, the replacement rub-rail is the only certain fix.

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Re: cal2-29 rub rail

We bought a rub rail for our cal 34 and within a few year it started to chalk...and ruined the new paint job that took us 2 month to do... Cleaning it real good and then waxing it seemed to help but we had to keep waxing it...

We called the manufacturer and asked if it was normal that the dam thing would chalk and leave streaks on the red paint... He said that it's normal and thats the reason why the rail stays white and clean...

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Re: cal2-29 rub rail

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Got mine from DR about the same price and no chalk after two years


No BARGINS and it's cheep compared to doing it in wood
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Re: cal2-29 rub rail

Rub it with a clean cloth DAMPENED with MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone). Use chemical resistant gloves - MEK is nasty stuff with a kind of ammoniac edge if you breath it. It will slightly soften the vinyl for a short time and smooth the edges of any scratches or nicks. After you're done cleaning, wipe on Armour All or another vinyl conditioner. Even badly chalked & sunburned vinyl will come out looking near new. Black rub marks simply disappear.

Note: MEK is a solvent, not to be confused with MEKP (Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide) which is the catalyst for polyester resin.
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