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Old 23 May 2013, 07:04   #1
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Glueing Rubbing Strake

I have finally got the RIB inside and have a section of Rubbing Strake about 1.5m long around the bow that came loose after a stuffing at the end of last season (will take pics later).

I am in the process of preparing the area for re-glueing and I am unsure whether or not to cut the rubbing strake in order to make it easier to sand and re-glue....

Any advice on this repair would be most welcome.
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Old 23 May 2013, 12:35   #2
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Got a pic?

I reglued some on a rear cone last week and it wasn't very easy getting right in by the point where it was still attached.
I very carefully used a rat tail file to clean as close as I could to the existing bond.

It seems to have held ok.

I also thought of cutting it off,but the danger of damaging the tube while making the cut right on the point where it had detached put me off.
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Seems to me that a poorly bonded section of rubbing strake isn't going to cause a problem, as long as the surrounding areas are sound.

I'd glue what you can, and leave the rest to be as it may.

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Old 24 May 2013, 02:20   #4
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Rubbing Strake

I just did a 5 mtr piece! actually two of them.
The key is prep. I used Stabond two part glue. I taped off the area, sanded down the tube and the strake with 100 grit, cleaned both with MEK, put one layer of glue on the tube and let it dry. put a layer on the strake and let it get tacky, almost dry. heres the tricky part, use a heat gun and heat up a small section. press the pieces together then heat up the next section. Do 1 meter at a time.
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Old 24 May 2013, 16:28   #5
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That's a pretty tidy job you did there.


Decided to cut my strake in the end. I reckon it's the only way ill get the rubbing strake and tube prepared to the required standard.



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A join like this is generally finished with a neoprene patch over the rubbing strake. Keeps it more secure.
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