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post #5 of Old 10-08-2008
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Most of the graphics you see on sails are vinyl printouts using a flexible UV protected film developed by 3M. They can be a bit expensive but solve the issue of punching a bunch of holes into the sail to sew a pattern / design on.

If you have any artistic skills or can do a stencil - Acrylic paints from Daniel Smith's or other art supply stores can give you the expression you want. You have to use them thinly and instead of the normal mediums for mixing the consistency, use only the UV protection top coat as the mixing agent.

Or simply paint with the acrylics and when done use a clear non-yellowing parrifin (sp) wax applied on top. Using slightly damp cotton towel place on top and iron lightly on medium heat. The wax will prevent UV damage and the sail will still be flexible. You could of course use dyes - but they are incredibly difficult to work with on sail cloth and are breakdown / fade easily.

-- Jody

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