So - when you first get your rails - you might want to hit it with a little car wax or pledge to keep it from rusting too bad in the places where you don't grind.
After a while, you may notice a little bit of rust anyway on your rail... (especially if you leave it outside - not the best idea) A little rust is OK. We asked several of the the Pro's on the NISS TOUR that checked out our HOT RAILS in the NISS INTERACTIVE AREA, if we should rust proof 'em or coat them with something - a finish or whatever - and they said not to coat 'em with anything - coating slows 'em down. They said to"just hit 'em with some steel wool or fine emery cloth in the direction of the grind and clean 'em up that way - the little rust that gets into the groves actually slicks 'em up if you grind it in...."
The Pro's also said that if you think that they need wax.... it's only because you are not skating hard enough. The Pro's don't use wax on their rails.
YOUR RAIL MAY MOVE... EVEN FALL OVER.
HOT RAILS are designed to move out of the way when your trick is off -- so that you don't get hurt. Like all other sports, the Pro's make it look easy. Start lower down on the Rail until you get that "locked on feeling". What ever you do - do not try to bolt your HOT RAIL down.
Also, make sure that your Rail is on level ground and make sure that the bases are tightened in a level position.