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    replacement rub rails?

    does anyone know the best place to get rub rails for a mid 90's sl /slx ski hull. i am in the middle of a restoration and kindda don't want to put those purple rails back on...... its hard to come up with a paint schem with those in the picture.


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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    New is next to impossible, or are usually outrageously priced. Then you'll still need the nose piece and corners....

    For used ones, try John Zigler, jabbas, or search the classifieds for someone parting a ski out.

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    Didn't someone paint their rub rails?
    Don't recall who, or how well it turned out...

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    I tried with the Plastidip product. Worked well until you rub on them and then it peels off. I have heard that the Krylon for Plastics works well if after your are done painting them you put them in the sun to bake
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    Has anyone thought of just sanding down their rub rails with progressively finer sandpaper if they are all chewed up? Mine are kinda chewed up and I'm thinking of sanding them down instead of getting new ones. Will it work?

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    I have heard of people using a heat gun to bring the original color back. Most of us who have painted them have done so to get away from the purple coloring. Rgng the heat gun, I have never used one but have heard you need to be very carful not to melt the plastic by holding it in one area for to long, but heard it works.

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    So you mean you heat up the plastic and it brings back the color if it is faded?

    I was thinking about sanding them to get them smooth again and then maybe "polish" them somehow to bring back the shine after sanding them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyoctane23 View Post
    So you mean you heat up the plastic and it brings back the color if it is faded?

    I was thinking about sanding them to get them smooth again and then maybe "polish" them somehow to bring back the shine after sanding them down.
    Yes, the heat causes the surface of the plastic to recover most or all of its former colour, if done carefully.
    Do a search...

    Some have used a gas torch instead of an electric heat gun, but the heat gun presents less chance of sudden overheating of a spot.
    Here is one thread on the topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaobin View Post
    I tried with the Plastidip product. Worked well until you rub on them and then it peels off. I have heard that the Krylon for Plastics works well if after your are done painting them you put them in the sun to bake
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    i tried the krylon plastic paint on the rear grab bar of the sl750 and it lasted for a while ..... but i didn't try letting it bake. i might just try the bake method on the corner rubs and 2 foot rub rail for the rear and tell ya how it turns out.

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    Ived used krylon plastic paint on my ski last summer an its holding up pretty good let it bake on in the sun ,rails still look new i used black ill have to post some pix this weekend .

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