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Old 18 November 2013, 11:36   #1
Country: USA
Town: Whitinsville, MA, USA
Boat name: San Dee
Make: Zeppelin
Length: 3m +
Engine: 9.9 hp gas
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rub rails

I recently purchased an approx. 12 year old Zeppelin hypalon RIB. I will be using it as a tender and for cruising the river/bay. It is in overall good condition except for the rubrail. It has a hard plastic rail that is peeling off. Previous oeners have attempted to reapir but have made a mess w/ yellow/brown glue.

My questions are as follows:

One I have removed the loose rub rail what cleaner should I use to remove the residual glue and to clean up the tube?

Should I atempt to clean up and re-install the current rail or replace w/ something new?

Thanks and I appreciate the advice!


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Old 18 November 2013, 13:07   #2
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The best approach would be to remove it completely and replace with a wider one made from EPDM if you can.
You can then abrade the tube where the new rub rail will go and get rid of all the residual burnt glue.
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