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Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« on: March 18, 2015, 09:18:49 PM »
What is the best way to apply RSPro rail tape ?  I have applied other brands of rail tape on my boards using a squirt bottle
with water and a little soap and apply the soap solution on the rail and the tape.  Do you use the same method for
RSPro tape ?  Or do you apply it dry ?

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 10:48:24 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..


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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 11:56:50 PM »
Another great Vid from DJ! I also applied mine dry. Helps to have someone help you though if possible so that one person focuses on positioning the tape and holding the end that is still to be stuck down in the right position while the other person focuses on applying the tape and sticking it down to ensure no wrinkles or bubbles.
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2015, 12:25:53 AM »
I haven't bothered with the water, soap and squeegee approach because RSPro is easy to get where you want it dry, and if you screw up, you just pull it up and do it again. I don't know what the heck they use for adhesive, but it's great stuff. If you get the end screwed up with your fingerprints so it won't stick, you just push it down a few times and it starts sticking. Pretty soon it's stuck down as well as the rest of the tape.

Great video, and that tape makes a good looking board even better. After seeing your board the first time I bought three rolls of that black and white. I think my SIC Bullet 17V1 is going to have black and white soon. the gelcoat isn't adhering to the primer, so its coming up in big flakes. SIC is fixing it, but I think the tape is going to be ruined unless I can pick off the gelcoat pieces. If it is, I'm going for the black and white even though I have a spare roll of the red.

I know it sounds silly to be worried about railsaver tape, but I really like the fact that I've never had to throw away any of it. Even when I've sold or given away a board, I take the tape off and put it on another board. If this tape gets trashed my "record" will be trashed too.
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2015, 03:10:21 AM »
Air temperature and humidity makes a big difference. I think Pono and Dj applied their tape on a warm day when the tape and glue is more pliable.

I put mine on in my very dry 70 degree living room in winter using the water method and it wasn't easy. A lot also depends on how much rocker the tape has to conform to. My 9'2 Stun Gun has a lot of rocker for a six foot piece of tape. I think it would have been easier on a warm summer day.



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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2015, 04:56:57 AM »
Put RSP on my carbon starboard this week  and went with the dry method after watching DavidJohnʻs video. Went on nice and easy, pulled right into the rocker of the board no problem. good stuff. It was 70 and dry outside.
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 05:06:39 AM »
I had always used the soapy warm water method on my helicopter tape applications.

With the RSP I put it on dry on my SIC and had no issues at all because of the unique characteristic that you can mess with it as it is going on dry..
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 05:18:17 AM »
It may be the "Glue" on rail tape is similar to Paint Protective Film.  I have used this product before and found this video helpful.  You have a "slip" solution and a "tack" solution.  May be TMI for some but here FYE

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 05:22:54 AM »
i apply dry

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2015, 06:21:19 AM »
I used a spray bottle with water, per the RSP web site, and didn't find it able to be moved around after I put it on.  I ended up just lifting off one end and putting it back on, like everyone else, and it went fine in the end.
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 06:37:44 AM »
dry, no issues with the curves, great product
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2015, 11:52:35 AM »
I just tried a wet application and found it to be a lot more difficult to follow curves. So much so that I wiped off the water and started over. The ability to stick the tape down and fiddle to get the curve right is a big deal. The only time I'd probably use water would be if I was putting RSPro on a board with a flaky rail that might come up during repositioning. Otherwise I think dry gives more control.

I always use the water method for applying big vinyl stickers and graphics, but I think it's counterproductive with RSPro.
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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2015, 03:48:05 PM »
I've done about 5 boards with RSP using the dry method, no problems.  Repositioned the RSP on my 14' board after one year, no problem.  Bought a new board and the shop applied the RSP using the soapy water, squeegee method.  Turned out so bad, after several weeks I couldn't stand it, ordered new RSP and put it on the dry method, no problem.

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2015, 08:03:36 PM »
This rail tape sounds great.  I will put it on dry.  Just purchased a new Bark D2 and will be putting RSPro on it right away.  It will be arriving in a couple of days. The temps in Seattle haven't gotten to 70 degrees F yet but  try it anyway.  Thanks everyone for the input.  Great video DJ.

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Re: Applying RSPro Rail Tape
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2015, 08:45:11 PM »
This rail tape sounds great.  I will put it on dry.  Just purchased a new Bark D2 and will be putting RSPro on it right away.  It will be arriving in a couple of days. The temps in Seattle haven't gotten to 70 degrees F yet but  try it anyway.  Thanks everyone for the input.  Great video DJ.

You can put it where you want it and run a hair dryer over it to heat it up a bit, press it on and get all the bubbles out. That's works just as well if not better than warm weather.  I used the hair dryer to stick on a different type of thin rail tape that just wouldn't stay down on the edges.  The hair dryer heated it enough to make the glue interface viscous and it hasn't budged or come unstuck since.
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