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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2016, 06:32:48 PM »
This thread helped me apply my RSPro today. Just finished about thirty minutes ago.

It is warm here in Texas so I laid it out on my car about an hour before applying... it was pretty pliable by the time I was ready to put it on.

Put my lime green SupATX Scout board on some saw horses....

Went to find my masking or painters tape... none to be found...

Went to find my hard rubber/plasticy squeegee I bought over the weekend... oops left it in my wife's car which is now five hours away at her parents.

At this point you would think I might decide to wait for another day... NOPE. Found a hard plastic putty knife and got to work.

Examined the rails closely... figured out my starting point with the help of some graphics to guide me that are on the top of the board.

The first side took me about twenty five minutes. The first attempt had way too many bubbles... so I peeled off the very front slowly... putting the RSPro end on the putty knife and peeling it off... no problem with the finish. Reapplied... much better. Did the same thing with the back end.

It wasn't perfect but I stepped back a few feet and it looked just fine. The second side when on in about ten minutes... and that was with me really being careful, so I improved a lot. There were very few bubbles on that size, though there is one dead nat that was applied. I tried pulling him off, but no good. Just looks like a tiny dark spot near the front.

I used the plastic putty knife to apply a few inches to the widest point of the rail then smoothed out the bottom and top from the middle. I used the rounded handle of a plastic paint brush to smooth it out and that worked great.

I didn't use water except to clean the rails before applying, but I dried them afterward.

I've already ordered some more for my board arriving this week. I'll be much more confident this time.


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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2016, 07:04:23 PM »
Having done it several times, you want to apply it wet so you can squeegee out the bubbles. Water and a little soap or about 10% isopropanol both work, but I prefer the alcohol. You can buy it at the drugstore. The key is to be sure the solution wets the surface of the rail. Be sure to stretch the tape out starting at the middle as you pull it out. Be sure it is warm out (over 70 F.)
They have a good You Tube video showing you how. You will like the product. I also also use the paddle guard edging, you need to stretch it quite a bit so the inside edge of a curve does not wrinkle.
The rail tape works great on the catch area of a surf ski or kayak, and for under your heels on the bottom to minimize scratching.
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2016, 05:10:34 PM »
I had no problem applying it dry..

It only took a few minutes to do..

If I do another board I might try the water thing and see how that goes..


Aside from ease of installation.  That video was awesome.

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2016, 06:01:17 PM »
Continue to pick up tips and tricks.....I applied wet first go but will definitely try dry next time....

And Freaking-A DJ, those ride lengths are just ridiculous......Song selection of Led Zep's "Going to California", which is an amazing tune in its own right, has me thinking more "Going Down Under"

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2016, 07:28:56 PM »
This is how we apply the RS pro tape at Blue Planet:
Robert Stehlik
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http://www.blueplanetsurf.com

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2016, 02:31:25 PM »
I did my second board yesterday with the jumbo clear tape.

It is super easy on a bigger touring style board where the rails have less curve. I finished in about twenty minutes for both sides and that was really taking my time. Very few bubbles at all.

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2019, 01:16:59 PM »
This is how we apply the RS pro tape at Blue Planet:


Hey Robert:
That video says wet wont work on RS pro. But RS pro says it is ok. Did they cahnge the formulation?

 


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