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How do i remove press-on hanks

I found a sail at the harbor the other day, nice condition clean strong, looks like it hasn't been used that much only problem is the salty air locked all of the piston hanks in place, tried WD-40 to get them unstuck to no success. my question is how do i get these little buggers off the sail, and what tools i need to do so, i know how to put new ones on its just the taking them off i dont want to rip the sail or anything.
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Try PBlaster, sold at auto stores. WD40 is a decent lubricant but not a corrosion buster.

Sounds like you need a couple of bigger pliers (water pump pliers, linesmans dykes, vise grip, etc.) to open up the traditional hanks.
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If you're talking about hanks that look like this:



You can cut them off fairly easily if you're careful, or you can often pry them open and pull them off that way.

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I would second SD's recommendation to cut them off, I haven't found an easy way to pry them open even with a vice and lot's of tools. Maybe someone else has figured it out, but I'd cut them with bolt cutters if you have them.

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Try a vinegar to remove the salt. Keep it off the sail. If it frees the spring then lube it. If not cut it off.


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Thanks everyone, lots of help, sadly the vinegar did not work looks like ill have to go to my local ace hardware for bolt cutters on the morrow.
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Use a press-off.

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