Taco Marine - Projects Guide - page 9

Rub Rail
7. Continue installing the rub rail until you come to
where you started at the transom or at the corner
of the transom leaving the last 12” unfastened.
If you are ending the rub rail at the corner of the
transom or motor well, you can now install the
corner end caps.
8. To make splices, pull the two sections towards you
until they meet and push in until they snap into
place. Drill through the rub rail and install a screw
1” & 6” from each end.
Step 7
HANDY HANKS’ TIP: When making splices, make sure the ends
are cut straight and smooth.
Step 8
1. Place masking tape above or below where the rub rail will go and mark where the
new holes should go.
2. Place the center of the first length at the bow. If there is a screw hole at the center,
offset it 4” to one side. Check to see if any of the holes line up with a filled hole, slide
the rub rail a couple of inches until all rub rail holes are clear of previous gunwale holes.
3. Press the rub rail against the hull and go back to one end. Leave the first two holes
undrilled. Drill through the third pre-drilled hole. Coat the screw threads with Silicone
or 3M 5200 and install the screw. Repeat this process until you reach the bow.
4. Bend the rub rail around the bow using a heat gun, moving it back and forth to
prevent overheating or burning the rub rail.
5. Continue installing screws until you get to the other end of the rub rail. Leave the last
two holes undrilled.
6. Start the next length by overlapping the previously installed length by 1/8” and begin
attaching it leaving the first two holes undrilled.
See Step 6 on page 9
7. Complete installing this length leaving the last two holes undrilled.
8. Continue installing all the lengths until you reach the unfastened end of the first piece
you installed at the bow, cutting it so it overlaps that piece by 1/8”. Leave the last two
holes undrilled.
See Step 8 on page 9
9. Splices are made by pulling out on the two ends until they touch and pushing in so
they snap into place, then install the screws. When installing heavier rub rail (like the
V21-1025 or V21-1039) the ends are simply butted together without overlapping.
Figure 3 on page 9
10.To install flexible vinyl inserts see the insert section on page 6.
CAUTION: If your rub rail comes coiled; stand in the center of the coil when cutting the straps so it
unwinds away from you without inflicting injury.
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