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kayeselle
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Post by kayeselle » Tue May 10, 2005 8:46 pm

Any one got any ideas on removing rust marks from sails ?
Also any general ideas on cleaning sails would be appreciated.
Thanks
Ken

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Post by Brian E. Evans » Wed May 11, 2005 8:21 am

You can use our old friend Oxalic acid (Salts of Lemon) there were several very extensive discussions on the use of this rather nasty substance on the old forum. Check the archives.
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Post by Brian E. Evans » Wed May 11, 2005 8:31 am

Check 09 02 2002 thread called rust on sails.
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Post by chris » Wed May 11, 2005 9:22 am

Some hardware shops sell 'Stain Devils'. Different ones for different stains. They do a rust one, and seem to work.
Might be worth trying on an old sail first as some things, especially bleaches will rot the material.

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Post by stotty » Wed May 11, 2005 5:09 pm

a much less troublesome solution if you pardon thye pun is to use lemon juice/citric acid either freshly squeezed or from the chemist respectively and common old salt.
Rub in liquid and then evenly sprinkle salt on it - also w2orks on rust stains on wood - not as powerful as oxallic acid - I've used the above numerous times on model boat woods during construction!
Mirror, GP14(x2), Seadog, Blandford Nymph, and Pegasus awaiting complete rebuild!

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Post by kayeselle » Thu May 12, 2005 10:09 pm

Hi folks
Thanks for the rust mark ideas. I'll be trying one or more shortly. I had read a bit on the use of oxalic acid but had only surfed around its use on wood. I didn't know it could also be used on fabrics so I will have a wander around the archives as suggested.
Being "a Bear of little brain" in such matters, I'm still open to learn from any others out there with more experience than myself and also to hear of ideas on more general cleaning and sprucing up of grubby old sails.
Thanks all again.
Happy sailing
Ken

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