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05-26-2013 01:45 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWollard View Post
How often do you clean your sails?

Any advice for cleaning a jib on a furler?
It's like reefing. The first time you say to yourself, "Gee, I wonder if I should clean my sails" you probably should. And they should be rinsed with fresh water often, to the extent possible, to remove salt crystals that eat up the fabric/stitches. For the jib, on a windless day I scrub the decks clean and then drop the sail and clean it incrementally from top to bottom as it is rehoisted, a few feet at a time. It takes patience and persistence, particularly if the sail is very large, the the effort is worth while.

FWIW...
05-26-2013 01:27 PM
TheWollard
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

How often do you clean your sails?

Any advice for cleaning a jib on a furler?
04-12-2013 04:22 PM
CarbonSink62
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

Boy, is that news I can use.

Thanks, HyLyte!
04-11-2013 05:18 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

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Originally Posted by bristol299bob View Post
HyLyte, do you mean coat the *sails* with sailkote? I've never heard of that. what is the benefit?

I do use sailkote on the mast and furler tracks.
Yes. One can/should use SailKote or SailKote Plus on the sails. It will prevent mildew, minimize the sail fouling with dirt, prevent water penetration etc. Take a look at the site (click on the Blue SailKote link in my earlier post) and at the uses for SailKote and SailKote Plus listed there. (It's not called SailKote for no reason, eh?)
04-11-2013 04:47 PM
hellosailor
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

Unlike chlorine bleaches, the "oxy" cleaners don't break down fabrics so if you want to hit the stains again with a scrub brush and a longer paste scrub or something else, that shouldn't be a concern.

New sails are usually calendered with a resin coating to stabilize the fabric and block UV damage. You wouldn't be able to recoat them the same way but I suppose you could use some 303 or other UV protectant spray for the same reason. I don't know anyone who does, though I think some of the commercial cleaning services do offer coating of some kind after cleaning.

McLube's Sailkote is a wax and krytox lubricant...a very good lubricant, but I think HyLyte must be thinking of a different product for sails??
04-11-2013 02:55 PM
bristol299bob
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

HyLyte, do you mean coat the *sails* with sailkote? I've never heard of that. what is the benefit?

I do use sailkote on the mast and furler tracks.
04-11-2013 01:55 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

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Originally Posted by ABH3 Boyer View Post
I soaked my Darcon sails in oxyclean for about an hour. Then went over both sides with a soft scrub brush. Rinsed them very well and hung them up in my heated warehouse to dry thoroughly. Now I'm wondering if I'm suppose to apply a sealer to them or are they good to go. For anyone who might be wondering the sails came out nice and white but the stains did not come out and I didnt expect them to. I was a little worried about the oxyclean breaking down the material so I only soaked them for a limited time. I didnt notice any deterioration on the sails from what I did.
If the sails have been thoroughly cleaned, and mold and rust stains removed, one can use SailKote to good advantage.
04-11-2013 12:42 PM
ABH3 Boyer
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

Thanks for the info
04-11-2013 12:39 PM
zz4gta
Re: Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

Should be fine. No Sealer needed.
04-11-2013 09:25 AM
ABH3 Boyer
Do I need to put a sealer on my sails after cleaning them

I soaked my Darcon sails in oxyclean for about an hour. Then went over both sides with a soft scrub brush. Rinsed them very well and hung them up in my heated warehouse to dry thoroughly. Now I'm wondering if I'm suppose to apply a sealer to them or are they good to go. For anyone who might be wondering the sails came out nice and white but the stains did not come out and I didnt expect them to. I was a little worried about the oxyclean breaking down the material so I only soaked them for a limited time. I didnt notice any deterioration on the sails from what I did.

 
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