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QLD
341 Posts
Posted 8/10/2012, 8:03 pm        Report
Having bought RailSaverPro rail tape to protect many of my boards, I was recently sent the latest version to try. Previously I had applied it to a JM 12'6" as shown below.Problem was the RailSaverPro was not designed for race boards, so I had to order and cut two sets for the increased length of the board. RailSaver Pro has now come out with the new Xtreme RSPRO model to fix this problem. It comes as 2 x 150cm by 5 cm clear semi rigid 380mi PVC for each side, allowing 3m total coverage along each rail. Shown below on my 14' race board, it is very easy to apply, just clean and position. The PVC tape has a lenticular pattern for high impact and abrasion resistance, adapt for simple curves. This is a great product that enhances and protects boards, which is important to retain value. Further details here at http://www.railsaverpro.com Disclaimer: I am an unpaid ambassador for RailSaver having bought and used these products on all my boards previously.
WA
109 Posts
Posted 8/10/2012, 10:56 pm        Report
bunnings sell clear tape for $4 or $5. Does the job just as well.
France
721 Posts
Posted 10/10/2012, 4:06 pm        Report
Kakkerlak said... bunnings sell clear tape for $4 or $5. Does the job just as well.
Seems you didnt try the railsaver pro :-) If you want to use tape, you must buy one designed to damped shocks. That means polyurethane tape, made to protect the car paints from gravels, or the edges of helicopter blades http://www.vikingtapes.co.uk/Aerospace/3M_Helicopter_Tapes/ . Standard tape wont protect anything. But the railsaver is still thicker (you may have to put multiple layers of tape, and it can be hard to avoid wrinkles with helicopter tape) and the repositionable adhesive is killer.
WA
109 Posts
Posted 10/10/2012, 7:34 pm        Report
colas said...
Kakkerlak said... bunnings sell clear tape for $4 or $5. Does the job just as well.
Seems you didnt try the railsaver pro :-) If you want to use tape, you must buy one designed to damped shocks. That means polyurethane tape, made to protect the car paints from gravels, or the edges of helicopter blades http://www.vikingtapes.co.uk/Aerospace/3M_Helicopter_Tapes/ . Standard tape wont protect anything. But the railsaver is still thicker (you may have to put multiple layers of tape, and it can be hard to avoid wrinkles with helicopter tape) and the repositionable adhesive is killer.
I have a paddle board mate not a helicopter.
QLD
341 Posts
Posted 10/10/2012, 7:45 pm        Report
Having tried the Bunnings clear and coloured tape, other board brand name tapes, 3m "helicopter " tape was the best until I used the RailSaver products. What I have found is that RailSaver has stood up the best over at least a years usage and the rails are not chipped up and still look good. A decent board is an expensive purchase and I like to look after mine this way. Another option is as DJ promotes, being simple edge tape on your paddle, however I dislike this as I feel it affects the feel of the paddle and efficiency. Each to their own choice at the end of the day.
VIC
1609 Posts
Posted 10/10/2012, 8:52 pm        Report
It's on 3 of my boards, it's good stuff. Easier to apply and much tougher than any of the usual clears.
VIC
225 Posts
Posted 11/10/2012, 8:32 pm        Report
Tried other tapes to railsaver. I am unpaid unskilled and love the stuff. Now hav it on three boards, friends of mine have also used it. Every time I hear the ZIP of the paddle on the edge I think thank heavens for Railsaver. My oldest saver is now 10 months old and unmarked. Sticks like baby poop to a nappy! Can't recommend highly enough for surf use. A little protection goes a long way!
QLD
Vatican City
3863 Posts
Posted 12/10/2012, 6:57 am        Report
^^^^ Just a question about this tape. If people are worried about drag and efficiency of tape on a paddle that is actually not moving through the water, (plant and pull yourself past it) but use tape that is permanently creating drag on the rail as it slips through the water. The tape is a great idea to protect your rails but if efficiency is your goal I would have thougt paddle tape to be the lesser of the two in terms of drag. Happy to be corrected though.
QLD
341 Posts
Posted 12/10/2012, 7:28 am        Report
The manufacturer claimed the slightly rough surface would not cause any noticeable drag, but I think it may have some effect. Re the paddle tape I really found it affected my KeNalu paddles in a negative way causing air bubbles and eddies, also the paddle is operating at a higher speed than a board is and with any loss of performance over thousands of strokes, the paddle tape might be worse than a rail tape. At my level there is no gain for me, save protecting the rail for future resale, also the RailSaver products actually look good whilst a badly chipped up board does not. If I had sponsor supplied boards every season at no cost, I probably wouldn't care too much. Thanks for all your input, at the end of the day it's a personnel choice whether to spend your money, but its a good product at a reasonable price with good customer support.
VIC
1609 Posts
Posted 12/10/2012, 1:41 pm        Report
CMC said... ^^^^ ...use tape that is permanently creating drag on the rail as it slips through the water...
probably means 3/5 of 5/8 for most of us...I just like tape that doesn't look like crap after a few months of being laid on concrete at my local or biffed about by my kids. ...and I know bugger all about hydrodynamics really but if you're going to use tape, in those p00fteenths of micro-somethings of difference, would the rough, dimpled surface of the railsaver stuff be less sticky/draggy than the slick clear ones? (and...on a friday arvo while I'm waiting for my department head to crack open the beer fridge & peel the glad wrap off the coon & cabanossi platter...would a more draggy rail help a surf sup turn, just a little?? ie...taped rails for a performance gain? fuggit...where's my beer...)
QLD
Tanzania
11954 Posts
Posted 12/10/2012, 2:53 pm        Report
i would just like having something that said 'rail saver pro' on my board. people would just start giving me more waves because my board looked so flash along with all my other pretend sponsored stickers. the more stuff on your board the better you are. sometimes you can get caught out thou- like actually surfing is a deadst give away who comes up with these stuff. ps sounds like it's good
 
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