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Hello,

My Dacron sails are very dirty. A profesional sail washer can not clean this. So i want to paint my dacron sails. Could sombody advise me, If this is possible or how to proceed this or what kind of piant i can use?

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I don't think it can be done. Sail the boat. If you can't live with the dirty sails, save up for some new ones.

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Not positive, but could one "dye" the sails to a brown/tanbark look, or equal?

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Wouter,
If you were to drip or spatter paint upon your sails there's a very good chance you would not be able to get it out or off. At least so that there wouldn't be a permanent mark. So if one follows that line of thinking perhaps any paint should work. One would think that heavy layers might have a tendency to crack and peel or flake off, but a thin coat should last quite a while.
I think I would start with my absolutely worst condition sail and perhaps make a pattern with several types of paint: oil, acrylic, latex, epoxy, include stains, and see what works best. Hey, why not try some fabric dyes...tie dyed sails.. now there's a thought....

Do report back with your results...with photos :)
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Many years ago when I had even less money than I do now (as if that were possible) I wanted to make a pop-top enclosure for my trailer sailer. I couldn't afford Sunbrella but Sailrite was offering grab bag roll-ends of 4 oz nylon for dirt cheap. I ordered enough for the pop-top. I soon found out why I got it so cheap: it was BRIGHT PINK! I tried Rit dye but the fabric wouldn't absorb the it at all. I ended up painting it blue with a brush (don't remember what kind of paint.) It didn't turn out so well; it was blotchy blue and purple and pink. I thought it was better than the pure bright pink I started with so I used it for that season but got rid of it after that.
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Well. I decided I am going to give dying a try. I have old sails that I'll never use so I want to see how the dying of them works. I have small sails so I can do it in a large stainless steel pot. Or I could do it in a feed tub and try to set the color with an iron. Dacron is a polyester so I can probably use an acid dye. I've been dying polyester swimsuit material with this and it's been working like a charm. I've been setting the color with an iron. It's going to be a task but no loss since I never use the old ones. I would if they looked cool though. ? Probably won't get to it till spring but it's on my agenda. I'll let people know how they turned out.
 

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Well. I decided I am going to give dying a try. I have old sails that I'll never use so I want to see how the dying of them works. I have small sails so I can do it in a large stainless steel pot. Or I could do it in a feed tub and try to set the color with an iron. Dacron is a polyester so I can probably use an acid dye. I've been dying polyester swimsuit material with this and it's been working like a charm. I've been setting the color with an iron. It's going to be a task but no loss since I never use the old ones. I would if they looked cool though. ? Probably won't get to it till spring but it's on my agenda. I'll let people know how they turned out.
How did it turn out? I'm about to build a dacron skin on frame canoe, and would dearly prefer a color to the translucent white.
 

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canoe skins are usually done with heat shrinkable dacron fabric the same material as aircraft covering. it can be died and printed on and painted. for dying and printing call a sailmaker for painting you would use the same coating as aircraft. hand painted a name on a spinnaker with a dye worked good. and i have done aircraft covering using Poly-fiber coatings system.
 

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Personally, I think the translucence of the skin on frame is what makes people, go, "whoaa", when they see the boat. I think it looks cool.
 
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