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Old 03-26-2012
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Washed My Sails..(No I didn't Iron Them)

Noticed it this winter when I laid out the #4 that I made (reconstructed) on top the Genny I got off e-bay just how dirty and rust stained my sails were...



I wanted them to look "presentable" on the lake considering all the work I did to spruce up the boat...More like this...



I looked at the main and laid a "comparison patch on it at the head and the reef point



Then went to work following the suggestions I gleaned from RichH and others...

Big Tub (about the size of cockpit floor) and small bucket of Sodium Silicate Detergent...Soaked sails one at a time for 3 days..Stirring a couple times a day with a canoe paddle ((Just weren't clean enough after a couple hours or even overnight)...




Dumped tub and rinsed with clean water...Then to get rid of rust stains, I mixed a bucket with a gallon of water and half a small bucket of Oxalic Acid and scrubbed the "rusty" ares with the brush on a tarp I laid out on the lawn...Then back in the rinse water for another day to let the rust remover do it's work...

Rinsed one more time and hung out on a line to dry...



Sails look much more presentable cleaner whiter and no noticeable rust staining, but still a little "wrinkly"...I'm still tempted to "iron" them but will wait to see what stretching them out sailing on the lake does...(they'll just get wrinkly when I put them in the bag anyway..)



Whole project less than $50...
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Re: Washed My Sails..(No I didn't Iron Them)

Nice work, they look much whiter.

My main question reading your post was about the "crispness" of the sails. The sails that came with my boat that still have life in them crinkle when you fold them. The others are as soft as an old T-shirt in areas and have a sticky resin quality in others, which in my limited knowledge is not a good thing. Did your sails retain the same level of crispness after washing?
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Re: Washed My Sails..(No I didn't Iron Them)

They all older sails but do still pass the "pin test" except my Venture Cat sail... That one is 40 years old and Kinda like a t-shirt...
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Re: Washed My Sails..(No I didn't Iron Them)

Awesome post! Getting ready to clean my sails and was wondering how to do it-thanks for the post.
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Re: Washed My Sails..(No I didn't Iron Them)

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