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Old 20-06-2008, 12:10   #1
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Hello all, have a short question about sails.

Can you dye Sails another color?


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No, I can’t “practically” dye sailcloth; and I doubt most of us could.

Polyester/Dacron (sailcloth) requires the use of disperse dyes*, as opposed to acid dyes (for wool or nylon) and fibre reactive dyes (for cotton and rayon).

The difficulty with polyester dyeing is that it requires a lot of heat to get the dye into the fiber. Boiling water is not hot enough to do the job by itself, so a noxious-smelling carrier chemical must be added, for immersion dyeing. Polyester dye actually transfers to the fibres best at very high temperatures.

* Instructions for Immersion Dyeing Polyester using PROsperse Disperse Dyes:
C:\Website\Immersion Dyeing Polyester.htm
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