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any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 7:59 pm
by William
I have been painting and refininshing the hull and spars but what can I do about my sails? The dacron is in good shape with no tears or patches but there are several rust stains. they are also faded to more of a parchment color than white. I don't want to replace them but I would like to get them cleaner without damaging them. any suggestions out there?

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 11:53 pm
by DaveD
I have the same issue.

Someone who is a sailor of bigger boats said that lemon juice can fix that. You might want to ask Uncle Google though. :)

I am actually looking to replace my sails this year (maybe), but that's more expensive than lemon juice. ;)

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 11:55 pm
by DaveD
OK, I asked Uncle Google for you and I found this:
http://billdietrich.byethost8.com/SailMaintenance.html

Welcome to the site William.

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 7:44 pm
by William
Thanks I will give it a try

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:25 pm
by DaveD
How did they come out?

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:56 am
by William
I got lazy and decided to make it an off season project. I'll be trying it out this winter.

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:51 pm
by DaveD
:D Good call.

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:57 am
by William
My first attempt at cleaning rust stains with lemmon juice had poor results. I think I did not let it soak long enough. I might try the oxcalic acid if they have it at the local hardware store.

Re: any tips on sail cleaning?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:29 pm
by JeffSchneider
I know this is an old thread but I came across the same problems. My numbers have bled and made a messy rusty spot on the sail and overall there is a dirty look to the main and jib. I found this brochure from a local sail maker near me. Hope this helps - http://www.doylesails.com/downloads/DoyleSailCare.pdf