GWTW Forum
November 24, 2014, 03:11 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
   Home   Help Forum Info Login Register Chat  
Welcome to the GWTW Forum.
Guests (non-registered users) can view the forum but are unable to post.  If you don't have anything to say then why would you bother to register?
One of the most popular sections of the GWTW Forum has long been the Swap Meet.  A great place to sell old, seldom flown kites or to get great deals on used (gently flown) kites.  Only registered users can see the Swap Meet section, let alone wheel and deal.  1000's (literally) of kites have changed hands thanks to the Swap Meet.
There are several more benefits to being a registered user, but you'll have to join our little community to find out all the "secrets".
Questions or concerns? Contact Steve ... just drop an email to: forum.gwtwkites@gmail.com

Pages: 1 [2]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Another beginners question...  (Read 3230 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
stapp59
Guest
Trade Count: (0)
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2010, 05:11 PM »

Quote from: tempest
Mineral spirits only on spots like tar, otherwise just mild soap, period. I would not ,or ever use , lacquer thinners on my sails as it will have an adverse effect on it. 

So tonight I sacrificed a perfectly good scrap of grape Icarex about 3x12".  Made marks down the length with black sharpie, silver sharpie, ball point pen, pencil, and white fabric pencil.

I soaked one end with mineral spirits and scrubbed with a paper towel.  Let it sit a minute then dried with paper towel.  On examination, the mineral spirits had no noticeable effect.  All the marks where still there and the fabric and coated looked fine.  So while mineral spirits does not appear to harm Icarex poly, it is limited to cleaning tape glue residue and tar spots.

The other end was soaked and scrubbed with lacquer thinner.  After a few seconds ALL the pen and pencil marks were removed.  Rubbing again with a clean paper towel showed a little bit of purple dye on the towel.  Hmmm.  After air drying it is apparent the lacquer thinner took off a layer of the fabric coating.  The fabric was no longer shiny but otherwise unharmed.  Water did not bead as readily on the lacquer stripped end.

In conclusion mild soap and water is best.  Spot clean with mineral spirits if necessary and live with any pen marks.  DO NOT use lacquer thinner.

Did not have a piece of nylon handy but would expect similar results.

I would be interested if someone has way to safely remove pen marks from sail fabric.
Logged
tpatter
Trade Count: (+24)
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2005

Location: Seattle, WA

WWW
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2010, 05:23 PM »

OxiClean?

I thought I was finicky in keeping them clean, but the only time I wash my kites are when I have had them in sticky-cling-to-everything wet sand or mud and then, only warm water with no soap.

If you wash the kite before it drys, most stuff comes right off.


On a side note, I do miss the shiny LE material that Lam used to use on his kites - nothing would stick to that stuff!  Smiley
Logged

6 kite tom
Will Sturdy
Trade Count: (+3)
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 207


Location: The Boondocks, Maine

WWW
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2010, 06:32 PM »

Ok after a bit more research and some info from other reliable sources I have to say that I was pretty much totally wrong in my initial post about shrinkage, so it is no more.

Logged
tempest
Trade Count: (+11)
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 289

Location:

« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2010, 06:47 PM »

So what's the verdict on stripping the sail off the spars, and chucking it in the washing machine along with my underwear?

...   and ironing it nice and flat afterwards?



  ......only if your kite sail was made of cloth ..........   Huh  Huh  Huh
Logged
Pages: 1 [2]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  


kmacFab
kmacFab

Kite Classifieds Ad
Kite Classifieds

A Wind Of Change
A Wind Of Change

Untitled Document
Untitled Document

A Wind Of Change
skyshark

Kitebookie
Kitebookie.com

Untitled Document

Untitled Document
Untitled Document

Our forum is made possible by the good folks whose ads appear above and by the members of our community (PayPal donation button at bottom)
In case you missed it each ad is linked to the sponsors web site.  So please, take a moment and visit our sponsors sites as this forum wouldn't be possible with out them.
Interested in running an ad for your business or kiting event?  Contact Steve at advertise.gwtwkites@gmail.com for a quote.

Cal Custom

Support the GWTW Forum

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.8 | SMF © 2006-2008, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.2.1 © 2008-2009
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!