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couloring of Dacron Sails

Hello,

My Dacron sails are very dirty. A profesional sail washer can not clean this. So i want to paint my dacron sails. Could sombody advise me, If this is possible or how to proceed this or what kind of piant i can use?

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I don't think it can be done. Sail the boat. If you can't live with the dirty sails, save up for some new ones.

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The sun will bleach them out ... so sail often & have whiter sails
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Not positive, but could one "dye" the sails to a brown/tanbark look, or equal?

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Not positive, but could one "dye" the sails to a brown/tanbark look, or equal?

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I don't think so. I think they need to be dyed at the time the dacron is manufactured.

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One color that will stick to dacron is "rust"
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Wouter,
If you were to drip or spatter paint upon your sails there's a very good chance you would not be able to get it out or off. At least so that there wouldn't be a permanent mark. So if one follows that line of thinking perhaps any paint should work. One would think that heavy layers might have a tendency to crack and peel or flake off, but a thin coat should last quite a while.
I think I would start with my absolutely worst condition sail and perhaps make a pattern with several types of paint: oil, acrylic, latex, epoxy, include stains, and see what works best. Hey, why not try some fabric dyes...tie dyed sails.. now there's a thought....

Do report back with your results...with photos :-)
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Many years ago when I had even less money than I do now (as if that were possible) I wanted to make a pop-top enclosure for my trailer sailer. I couldn't afford Sunbrella but Sailrite was offering grab bag roll-ends of 4 oz nylon for dirt cheap. I ordered enough for the pop-top. I soon found out why I got it so cheap: it was BRIGHT PINK! I tried Rit dye but the fabric wouldn't absorb the it at all. I ended up painting it blue with a brush (don't remember what kind of paint.) It didn't turn out so well; it was blotchy blue and purple and pink. I thought it was better than the pure bright pink I started with so I used it for that season but got rid of it after that.
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