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Old 16-10-2009, 20:36   #1
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Cleaning Sail for Application of Numbers

I am going to apply som adhesive numbers to my sail. They are made from some fabric I purchased from Sailrite called "Insignia, Adhesive Backed." I want to know that the sail surface is clean so the adhesive will stick.

I dont want to damage the sail by removing any of its qualities.

What is the best way to know the sail surface will take the adhesive without damaging the sail???
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Old 16-10-2009, 20:40   #2
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Some soap and water, dont use acetone or any kind of solvent, in any case maybe a litle bit of alcohol, Regards...
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I would just wipe it with clean fresh water and let it dry. If its a relatively new sail it should not have any crud on it anyways. I did the same thing with a new replacement Laser sail ages ago. Do it on a warm day so the adhesive sticks better.
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Its a very OLD sail, not new at all, probably 20 years old, but it is in pristine condition as to shape, body and sizing. I has only a few stains away from where the application will go.

I plan on putting it on the driveway in 75F weather.
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I would use a little alcohol and test with a small piece of plain white insignia tape (the repair stuff, it's dacron) before applying the numbers. The adhesive on insignia is the type that needs pressure to stick, but it sticks very well.

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