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06-02-2010 03:10 PM
whclay Sounds kind of scary. Might give it a shot though. Not quite as concerned about the few rust stains I have as I am the mildew stains on the body of the sails. that and they are pretty old and though there are fine for normal use, still not in perfect condition. just want to get them looking as best as I can. thanks for the advise!
06-02-2010 01:19 PM
calden OT:

So, harpguitar, do you play one? I have friend who makes them.
06-02-2010 09:20 AM
thekeip What I do is, I shake the jar (with the blue gel) and dab the residue clinging to the lid onto the stain with a glue brush. Trim the bristles to make them stiffer. Avoid getting the gel under any grommets you might have on the sail. DON"T use the FSR liquid in a spray bottle.
Howard Keiper
Berkeley
06-02-2010 08:50 AM
calden Whink.



I've used this on rust stains on sails and it works when nothing else would. Takes a few applications. I can get it where I live at the local giant supermarket chain. Call around - it's commonly available at hardware stores, too.

Carlos
06-02-2010 08:45 AM
whclay I am having the same issue, have some rust stains and mildew stains on my sails. Got the boat from my father in law, he didnt take very good care of her so I am restoring. I have read that Oxalic acid is very strong and can damage dacron sails. That being said, I would love to hear a resonse to this. Can you cut the Oxalic acid with something to make it a bit more gentle? I have also heard OXIclean works fairly well. I soaked mine in a bathtub filled with laundry detergent. it helped, but I still have some stains.
07-06-2008 10:53 AM
harpguitar Thank you Howard, same question, exactly how did you use it?

Rick
07-06-2008 10:49 AM
thekeip I've used the 'FSR' (fiberglass stain remover) by Davis....the blue gel. It's an Oxalic acid product, works well.
Howard Keiper
Sea Quest
Berkeley
07-06-2008 10:49 AM
harpguitar Thank you Don, Oxcalic acid is what I have read...how do you use it?

Rick
07-06-2008 10:22 AM
donradclife Try some oxcalic acid--pick it up at the hardware store for a fraction of what the chandlery will want.
07-06-2008 10:20 AM
AlanBrown I've used "Soft Scrub" to clean rust stains off my hull with much success. With its bleach component, I can't see why it wouldn't also work on sails.

One of the nice thing about this product is its price and the fact that you can pick it up at any grocery store.
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