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« on: October 03, 2013, 07:21 PM »

I have several Line sets, still in great shape. Always equalized at the beginning of every season, They just are no longer white more like grey, what is the best way to get the white back?

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013, 10:57 PM »

Why do you want the white back?  I just keep using them as long as they serve the purpose which is kite flying.  I look at the kite when I fly and I pay very little attention to the lines.  Sorry, I did not answer you question...
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 12:46 AM »

Hand soap and water does a great job.  You might be amazed at how much of that dark colour is actually dirt and dust that has gotten embedded into the braid.  Getting it out can only be good for the lifespan of the line!

If you have plastic line winders, wind your lines a bit looser than usual then wash them on the winder.  That way you won't end up with the Mother Of All Tangles.  Washing them in an old sock also helps keep the lines tangle free.  Just get a good lather worked up on your hands then work it into the lines and rub it around for a few minutes.  Rinse a few times to get the residue and grime off - simple!  (I haven't tried putting the through the washing machine inside a sock or a bag for "delicates" with the rest of your wash, but it should work.  I used to wash my white running shoes that way)

Once the lines are fully dry, give them a generous treatment of automotive silicon spray.  You can usually pick up up a large pump action bottle of the stuff really cheap from Dollar Shops and the like.  I usually spray the lines while they are still on the wonder, er... make that winder, giving a good soaking.  Then I peg the ends of the lines out, and unwind to the full length.  After that I run along the lines with a clean, dry cloth to soak up the excess silicon, then wind it all back up.

Makes them last a lot longer!
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 05:56 AM »

My favorite lines are all filthy,just the way i like it!

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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 01:21 PM »

I spray mine with a silicone spray and then fly them dry!  It def makes them more slippery and also cleans as well.

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2013, 04:39 AM »

Thanks for all the info, I don't mind to much of the dirt myself. We have a lot of new fliers that could use a good line sets, and I would hate to give them away looking old with a lot of life still on them.

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