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Any good craft store should have someone who can tell you how to get images transferred. The traditional way would be to make the outline of your image on plain brown kraft paper. Draw it, tile it from compter printouts, whatever. Then using carbon paper and a pounce wheel, transfer the outline to the sail and paint away just like a big "color by numbers" kit. Very much the same way you'd transfer a dressmaking or sewing pattern, same materials, tools.

I'd expect the paint to bond better if the sails were (oh no!) freshly washed before the painting and all started.
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Here are the hand painted sails filbert is referring to:



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here's what i would like to do
I feel like I'm failing my ink blot test here...... what exactly is it?

When you do paint, post pictures!!! Are you going to do it free hand or use a stencil?

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Re: I want to paint my main sail

I got great results on my 6 year old Dacron mainsail using Rustoleum for Plastics (see link... this stuff sticks to slippery plastics like polyethelyne and polypropylene) by masking and painting both sides after thorough detergent cleaning and sun drying. This picture shows my refurbished 1978 Tremolino trimaran this year, after 5 years of use and exposure.
Its not rocket science...Do a test patch and go for it.

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Re: I want to paint my main sail

Kevin, htat's pretty neat! How do you store the sail when it isn't in use? Is the paint flaking off at all? Did you paint one side or both sides? How much do you use your boat/sail?
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Re: I want to paint my main sail

on the boom in a sunbrella sailcover...
Only in afew spots has there been any wearoff ...mostly where I should have cleaned better. I sail Galveston bay and some offshore in the Gulf of Mex. about once a week.
I think newer sails would even hold up better. Its worth noting that the paint has served to protect stitching and cloth better than the unpainted areas.
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Re: I want to paint my main sail


The pink is Sherwin Williams Jazz Pink on a 25 yr old dacron main. It is one of the more flexable exterior latex paints. Another couple I know did a sail from that brand style. I did a main for a breast cancer research fund raiser a few weeks ago. This is a pic of sons having a in memory toast for there grandma who died from this desease 22 yrs ago during the race.

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Re: I want to paint my main sail

I already suffer from acute Carbon and Kevlar envy when I see some of the newer sails on local multihulls, but now....LATEX ENVY...
Looks like painting sails is more common than I thought.
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Re: I want to paint my main sail

I was thinking of painting or dyeing the U/V cover on my roller furling jib. I'm changing the canvas on my boat to green from faded black. Got a new bimini and companionway cover and would like to match the jib cover and outboard cover if possible. Wondering if a textile dye might work better? Does the paint penetrate the fibers at all or just kinda sit on top? I'm worried that paint on the jib cover would crack off quickly when rolling up and unrolling.

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Re: I want to paint my main sail

You can't dye Dacron, Acrylic or Nylon after the fact - coloured fibers are manufactured that way, they won't absorb a dye once they are drawn.
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