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Old 24-05-2011, 23:17   #1
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Sail Cleaning and Hull Patching

I'm not happy about this, at all. My brand new head sail was dripped on during its winter storage, and where the water apparently evaporated is now a light brown tinged stain, spread across a lot of the sail. Hoping it was just a tough dirt stain I gave it a shot this afternoon with my pressure washer, carefully, but the stain didn't budge. Can anybody help suggest a cleaner I should use for this mystery stain? I'd like to be careful not to use anything that'll do any kind of chemical damage to the material. The stain is only on the white parts, and the sail is brand new, so there shouldn't be any risk of 'making a clean spot.'

Also, I've got a couple very small holes on the front walk surfaces of my fiberglass hull, Hunter 27. Is there a particular brand or type of fiberglass patch that's any better than the others?

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Old 25-05-2011, 01:01   #2
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Re: Sail cleanin' and hull patchin'

Im all ears on this one , my sails are stained from red mud raining from the sky-
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See, we get a lot of this in the desert. Wash as much as you can off with a hose, then think of the rest as character!!
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Re: Sail Cleaning and Hull Patching

Welcome Aboard CF and have fun and enjoy life..

If the stain doesn't rinse off and you know someone with a swimming pool. See if you can use it for a day or so. Spread the sail out, let soak for a day, then get in the pool and work the stains out by hand.

Remove the sail, spread it out to dry and take it to the boat an go sailing.
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Re: Sail Cleaning and Hull Patching

To give a better idea of what this stain might be, I should have mentioned that the sail was stored in a garage that developed a leak sometime during the winter. The incoming water was rain and ice melt that dripped down over some old wood that's deteriorating badly.
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Ahh tannins from the timber. Guess you will just have to drink red wine when sailing now.
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OXALIC Acid. AKA Wood Bleach. Powder form, hardware store. recommended from my sail maker HOOD also.
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