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Initially Posted - 11/03/2019 :  07:41:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just took my one season new main sail off for the winter and have a dozen or so black spots from spiders along the foot. Has any one had any lluck on spot cleaning sails?
Was thinking of something like a magic eraser pad, but not sure if it would damage material.

Angus
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Response Posted - 11/03/2019 :  09:09:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
https://www.sailrite.com/PDF/Cleaning%20Sails%20and%20Canvas.pdf

I tend to suspect mildew rather than spiders... Moisture tends to follow gravity to collect along the foot and in the boom track. If it isn't a loose foot, moisture will wick up from the bolt rope. Soap, bleach, rinse and hope.

Dave Bristle
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PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.

Edited by - Stinkpotter on 11/03/2019 09:13:30
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Response Posted - 11/03/2019 :  09:18:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Stinkpotter

https://www.sailrite.com/PDF/Cleaning%20Sails%20and%20Canvas.pdf

I tend to suspect mildew rather than spiders... Moisture tends to follow gravity to collect along the foot and in the boom track. If it isn't a loose foot, moisture will wick up from the bolt rope. Soap, bleach, and hope.


Thanks for the link. It is a loose foot .It's spiders 100% these particularly foul little beasts leave a black substance behind them that is just about impossible to get out of gelcoat.

Angus
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Response Posted - 11/04/2019 :  12:29:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, right... They're Canadian spiders.

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 11/04/2019 :  12:34:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How about this? (Supposedly "safe on all marine fabrics.")


Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.

Edited by - Stinkpotter on 11/04/2019 12:38:29
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