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Old 17-07-2017, 15:57   #1
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Jib sheet soaked in Diesel

On a recent trip to the Bahamas, the overflow vent for my 2nd tank under the V-berth began overflowing onto the deck, saturating my port jib sheet. It is now a nasty shade of orange. Any way to clean it, or is it trashed? The sheet is Samson XLS Extra T.
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Re: Jib sheet soaked in Diesel

It may not look good but isn't trashed. You might try putting it in a laundry bag and washing it with lots of detergent. Might want to do it in a laundromat or wife might not love you anymore. Other than that, just leaving it out will eventually get rid of the red dye from the fuel.

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Re: Jib sheet soaked in Diesel

Wash it in a large bucket, with regular detergent. Rinse thoroughly. Air dry. Usually, red dyes fade very quickly from UV exposure.

We rescued a diesel soaked line one time, that we found in the dumpster at a yuppie marina. Re-purposed it for the trolling generator drive line. Still on when we sold the boat after 18 yrs.

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Re: Jib sheet soaked in Diesel

In a tub with strong mix of liquid dish soap will cut the fuel. Bleach or a very salty salt water soak will whiten. In the navy we used added salt to salt water to bleach clothes to get the white the navy demanded. Needs a good rinse if you're going to wear it.
Or dye all your sails to some nice color.
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