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where to buy acid dye?

I've heard you can dye sails with acid dye. But, where can one buy? And, what kind of acid? We'd like to go for a traditional brown look A lot of people say you can't get dye to stick on Dacron. But, they get stains you can't get out. So, something has to work. (sorry. I posted this twice by accident, and can't figure out how to delete the other one?)

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I have never heard of anything along those lines. There would be a lot of problems. Unless you are talking about a dinghy what type of container whould be large enough to hold the liquid and sails, how woud you dispose of the acid? Sorry, not to be insulting, but it sounds like folly to me.
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No, no, no..au contraire. The truth will set us free. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by luskin View Post
No, no, no..au contraire. The truth will set us free. Thank you!
Please let us know when you have been the first person to turn white dacron into tanbark. Dacron does not take dye well and the best you can hope for is a muddled color somwhere between white/brown-ish color and a stain.. Focus on making your boat SAFE for the circumnavigation you want to undertake. There will be a lot of expenses & things to focus on first before what color your sails are.

Once you've made your boat safe and ready to undertake such a voyage you might then consider having a sail loft like Tasker make you some tanbark sails. You'll only make a mess of them trying to dye them and purposely soaking them in a acid based formulation can cause other un-foreseen fiber damage thus potentially shortening their useful life.

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