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I have a dacron mainsail that has sat in a locker for years. The sail itself seems to be in very good shape, but it has rust stains along some of the creases where it was flaked, so it looks really ugly. We have used rust stain remover (“Rust-o-magic”?) that worked really well when cleaning stains off our hull, but I am afraid it might weaken the fabric of the sail. Is my concern justified? If so, any other suggestions?
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Sail Rust Stain Removal

Dacron is stable versus most inorganic cleaners: sodium phosphate, oxalic acid, etc. "Rust-o-magic" is probably nothing more than Oxalic acid plus a detergent, etc. Be sure to thoroughly rinse with lots of water to remove them from the sail.
Organic (petroleum based, etc.) solvents can possibly soften the plasticizer, the yarns, etc.
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You may wish to contact the people at SailCare. They dry clean dacron sails with great results at reasonable prices. They are very helpful in answering this type of question.

www.sailcare.com
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410 9th St.
Ford City, PA 16226

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FWIW oxalic acid is an aliphatic organic acid.marc
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Check your sailmakers website. I think UK Halsey has sail cleaning tips.
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Check your sailmakers website. I think UK Halsey has sail cleaning tips.
Guys--

This thread is 10+ years old. I suspect the OP has solved his problem by now. (FWIW "Wink" is good at removing rust stains from sails without harming the fabric)

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Guys--

This thread is 10+ years old. I suspect the OP has solved his problem by now. (FWIW "Wink" is good at removing rust stains from sails without harming the fabric)
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The thread was brought to the surface by a spammer (removed). No harm done by anyone posting.

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You don't need to send them in...Just saying...

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Re: Sail Rust Stain Removal

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I have a dacron mainsail that has sat in a locker for years. The sail itself seems to be in very good shape, but it has rust stains... ...any other suggestions?
How about hoist the sail, and sail somewhere warm and tropical until the sun bleaches out the stains.

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