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Author Topic: Removing Dye 'bleed' on Icarex fabric?  (Read 658 times)
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« on: July 30, 2014, 10:49 AM »

I've just bought an HQ Tattoo Zero which has some stains where the dye from the red panels has 'bled' onto the white Icarex (Ventex light) main panels - I hasten to add I did know about this when I bought it.  Does anyone know of a safe way to remove the stains without damaging the fabric? It looks like the stains have been there for a while. They aren't too bad and I can live with them ( you can't see them in flight) but it would be nice if they could be removed.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2014, 07:47 PM »

Tattoo Zero is such a great kite! One of my favorites.
fly it, enjoy it, and dont worry about a little stain.   Smiley

If you dont get a good answer to your problem I'll buy it from you.
A lightly stained tattoo is better than no tattoo.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 08:13 PM »

The wandering stitching catches my eye more than the dye bleeding, but both are minor cosmetic issues. I wouldn't worry about it, I know a guy  who wrecked a sail trying to get the residue from a sticker off of it. Some things you just have to let go and not worry about.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2014, 12:20 AM »

Thanks Guys, I think I'll leave well alone!  Apart from the stains - and the photos make them look worse than they are - it's in really nice condition. It will be interesting to see how it compares to my 'Shadow'.

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2014, 04:49 AM »

Mineral spirits will take off most glue, tar, and other uglies from kite fabric.  Could try rubbing alcohol.  Goof off can be used but careful as it is aggressive.  Stay away from anything acetone based (finger nail polish remover) which will take off the fabric coating. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2014, 01:03 PM »

Tattoo Zero is such a great kite! One of my favorites.
fly it, enjoy it, and dont worry about a little stain.   Smiley

If you dont get a good answer to your problem I'll buy it from you.
A lightly stained tattoo is better than no tattoo.

This one is definitely a keeper even with the stains!

Just wondered what length of line you use with your Tattoo Zero - I've just been out with 65' set I use with the Shadow but wonder if a 50' might be a bit better?
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2014, 05:21 AM »

There is a product available in art stores called "Bestine" which was recommended to me a while back. I was hesitant but decided to try it on the sails of a couple of vintage kites that had interacted with some of the vinyl used in standoff holders and it did a great job in greatly reducing the stains without damaging the coating on the fabric. A small container was only a few bucks. I is not a "hot" solvent but evaporates very quickly and cleanly. I q-tip would work well for an applicator on such a narrow stain.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 05:33 AM »

Regarding the Bestine, the following link provides access to the MSDS.

http://papercement.com/msds_bestine.pdf

Bestine is comprised of Heptane.  Will have to give it a try.

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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2014, 06:08 AM »

Bestine worked very well at removing adhesive residue without harming the sail on one of my kites, but did not work on dye stains on another kite.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2014, 03:26 PM »

Thanks for the safety data sheet Doug, I didn't know about washing skin after contact with this solvent.
Very good to know. I could certainly work safer...
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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2014, 10:16 PM »

It will be interesting to see how it compares to my 'Shadow'.


Would like to hear what you think.
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