I want to paint my main sail - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree8Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 12-30-2009
2Gringos's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SW Devil's Triangle
Posts: 858
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 7
2Gringos is on a distinguished road
I built a lot of RC airplanes, but we used some stuff called Monokote, which is a shrink wrap plastic kind of stuff. The old canvas-and-dope airplane coverings are kinda vintage, if you know what I mean.

I would agree that any kind of paint you use would likely flake off and crack at the stress points. Lets face it, paint is not designed to be that flexible. If it were me, I would experiment with some small pieces of sail material and dyes. See if I could get crisp edges, not fade out, etc.

Are sails coated to prevent them from absorbing water and getting heavy?

I have also been using iron on patch material made to fix canvas tents and bimini's to repair a kite board sail lately, and it's working pretty well. Its a sticky light woven material with heat activated adhesive.
__________________
Two Americans move to the TCI.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #12  
Old 12-30-2009
canadianseamonkey's Avatar
Caribbean Surveyor
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Now in Sosua, DR
Posts: 511
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
canadianseamonkey is on a distinguished road
A sail is just way too expensive to be messing around with. Get it done by a professional. That way you have somebody to blame besides yourself if he messes up the job. If you do paint it, please post some feedback.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #13  
Old 12-30-2009
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 40
Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Daydreamer22 is on a distinguished road
Paint my main sail

DON'T paint it. Your sail is constantly in motion, stretching, flexing, folding, and ANY paint will crack. Got any old tee shirts? How long does it take before they look like crap? Use the vinyl or dacron applique method for something that is repairable for the future. Unless there is a way to accurately DYE the fabric?
A sail loft is still your best bet for accurate advice.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #14  
Old 02-06-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
filbert is on a distinguished road
Two and a half years later: Did you ever complete your mainsail image?
View my three painted V-15 mains at sailset.com
The red, white, and blue one was the first one done in 2003 and still looks good - it has outlasted the sail. The other two with faces were done probably in 2007 and 2010.
I used acrylic in a method that does not crack off.
Find my email address on that site if you want specifics.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #15  
Old 02-06-2012
hellosailor's Avatar
Plausible Deniability
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,625
Thanks: 2
Thanked 89 Times in 87 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
I wouldn't use "paint" on cloth.

Get the silk-screening inks that are used to apply silk screen art to shirts and jackets. Maybe some of them are called "paint" but look for something designed to be applied to CLOTH by silk-screening. You should be able to spray that as well, but I'd expect a stencil and silk screen squeegee to be the simplest way to do it, and ensure the right coating thickness. Too much is usually as bad as too little.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #16  
Old 02-06-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 2,365
Thanks: 19
Thanked 33 Times in 32 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Brent Swain is on a distinguished road
Friends have had good results with water based acrylic . Hangs in there well, for years. Keep it well thinned, or it will make your main stiff, but it wont hurt anything.
__________________
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #17  
Old 02-07-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 1,869
Thanks: 6
Thanked 23 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 10
nolatom will become famous soon enough
Just met my first painted mainsail the other day (furled). It looked goofy and felt real heavy, like storm trysail cloth rather than everyday working-sails dacron. And it was making dandruff where paint edges used to be.

I can see doing it for "art", but not for actual sailing.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #18  
Old 02-07-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 2,365
Thanks: 19
Thanked 33 Times in 32 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Brent Swain is on a distinguished road
Dark acrylic keeps the UV out.
__________________
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #19  
Old 02-07-2012
CorvetteGuy's Avatar
72 C&C Corvette
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: PHYC
Posts: 318
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 4
CorvetteGuy is on a distinguished road
Try a spray bottle of rusty water, rust stains stick to dacron very well
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #20  
Old 02-10-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
chasegusdiaz is on a distinguished road
wow nice image

for a sail design....I have done my own sail painting for a friend and I liked the results. The hard part was finding a place for the sail. The image I painted was of a cool cat. This was a one color image (black). This was about 7 years ago and my friend is still happy with it. I used speedball fabic paint and airbrushed most of it. The only hard part is getting the image on the sail....good luck.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trimming Your Asymmetrical Spinnaker sandygoodall Seamanship Articles 14 03-31-2010 09:27 AM
Traveler question sohi07 Learning to Sail 11 10-21-2006 11:47 AM
What is the point of a traveller? dwbecker Learning to Sail 9 09-25-2006 08:35 PM
First Sail of the Season Bruce Caldwell Seamanship Articles 0 06-05-2003 08:00 PM
Testing Your Sail Trim Knowledge Brian Hancock Seamanship Articles 0 03-27-2003 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:45 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.