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Old 27-02-2012, 08:08   #1
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Coroded Hanks

Any suggestion on a way to clean these jib hanks? Is there a way to do it without taking them off the sail ?

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Old 27-02-2012, 08:21   #2
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Re: Coroded hanks

I think if you tried to take them off with that much corrosion, the part you have to pry open would probably snap off. I'd hit it with a wire brush, lubricate the latching part, and then evaluate whether or not I still trust each one.
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Re: Coroded hanks

This works great on copper pennies.

1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1 tsp of salt mixed together. Brush it on the fittings and let set for a few minutes then rinse off with a hose. Dry and do it again and again until they come clean.

If the solution becomes contaminated from the dirty brush, you'll need to make a new batch.
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Re: Coroded hanks

Delmarrey has a good solution and sometimes just plain freshwater soaking for a few days will get them working enough to free them up.
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Old 27-02-2012, 16:28   #5
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Re: Coroded hanks

The important think is whether the mechanism is working reliably or not. The corrosion just shows that it is an 'experienced' sail.
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Old 27-02-2012, 20:37   #6
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Most of the hanks function. I'll try to clean them and post a follow up pic....
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Re: Coroded hanks

I was successful using a product called CorrosionX. It dissolves the green corrosion so control the mess as much as possible. Heaps of kitchen paper towel worked for me.

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Re: Coroded Hanks

100% white vinegar in an ultasonic cleaner for about 10 minutes,then soak in hot water for about 1 minute. The ultrasonic cleaner does a much better job of breaking up the corrosion in the internal passageways clips and snaps. Been rebuilding scuba regulators and tank valves for 34 years; nothing beats the ultrasonic cleaner on things like this.

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Re: Coroded Hanks

And here I thought.
I was the only one without a self furlling Jib.
White Vinegar and a toothbrush, freshwater and regular sailing does the trick. IMHO
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