How to remove the Boat Rub Rails

Removing rub rails is a task that boat owners might need to undertake for various reasons, such as replacing damaged sections or upgrading to a new style. Here’s a detailed guide on how to remove rub rails safely and effectively.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Heat gun
  • Utility knife
  • Pry bar or flathead screwdriver
  • Safety gloves
  • Cleaning supplies

Removal Process

Prepare the Area

Ensure your boat is securely moored or on a trailer. Clear the area around the rub rail, removing any obstructions to give yourself enough working space.

Heat the Rub Rail

Using a heat gun, gently warm the rub rail. This step softens the material, making it easier to remove. Be careful not to overheat and damage the boat’s surface.

Remove the Screws

Start by removing the screws that hold the rub rail in place. Use a drill with a screwdriver bit for this task. If screws are covered, you might need to use a utility knife to cut away any covering material.

Pry Off the Rub Rail

Once the screws are removed, use a pry bar or flathead screwdriver to gently lift the rub rail away from the boat’s surface. Start at one end and work your way along the rail. Apply steady, even pressure to avoid damaging the hull.

Remove Any Adhesive Residue

After the rub rail is off, there might be adhesive residue left on the boat. Use a suitable solvent or adhesive remover to clean the area. Apply it as per the manufacturer’s instructions and wipe away the residue with a cloth.

Clean the Surface

Thoroughly clean the surface where the rub rail was attached. Use mild detergent and water to remove any remaining dirt or debris. Dry the area completely with a microfiber cloth.

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Tips for safe removals

Work Slowly and Carefully: Rushing the removal process can lead to damage. Take your time and handle the materials gently.

Use Proper Tools: Using the right tools for the job makes the process easier and reduces the risk of damaging your boat.

Wear Safety Gloves: Protect your hands from sharp edges and hot surfaces by wearing safety gloves throughout the process.

Removing rub rails might seem like a challenging task, but with the right approach and tools, it can be done efficiently.

On the other hand, Tessilmare Rub rails are really easy to install and replace: find out how.

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