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« on: May 06, 2009, 01:28 PM »

Mod's feel free to move this post to wherever you deem necessary, cuz its a post that doesnt really fit anywhere.

I was wondering if anybody had any techniques for cleaning off those dirty leading edges.  Mine were black, but now are a dusty muddy colour.  I've scrubbed and scrubbed them, not wanting to use any chemicals, but I just can't get rid of that dingy colour.

Any suggestions?  I miss my Jet black edges.  hehe

I mainly want to clean my widow off, because I don't want to fly it anymore in bad or muddy weather -- I've got other beater kites for those days now.
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 02:08 PM »

Warm soapy water and a sponge always works for me.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 02:49 PM »

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shower with a friend kite!
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2009, 07:29 PM »

try the stuff called Nikwax tech wash. Its really powerfull if you let your sail submerge in water with nikwax, after 10-15min of soaking scrub your sail with a cloth, rince alot, this stuff become really slippy\soapy.
This cleaning product is mainly meant to clean high-end winter jacket that you cannot wash normally or dry-clean.
about 10$ a bottle and will last for about 5-10 kite sail clean-up.
black will be black again
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2009, 11:24 PM »

Checked out the Nikwax site having never heard of it before. Pretty impressive line of products and if they live up to their advertised claims Dominic's recommendation sounds pretty good.

They also have other products worth a look. Wonder if the Rope Proof would work to help rejuvenate lines, their waterproofing products claim increasing tear resistance by lubricating between fibers to more evenly distribute the load.

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2009, 08:45 PM »

try the stuff called Nikwax tech wash. Its really powerfull if you let your sail submerge in water with nikwax, after 10-15min of soaking scrub your sail with a cloth, rince alot, this stuff become really slippy\soapy.
This cleaning product is mainly meant to clean high-end winter jacket that you cannot wash normally or dry-clean.
about 10$ a bottle and will last for about 5-10 kite sail clean-up.
black will be black again

I need to try some of this stuff.  I've used soapy water before, but that just doesnt get those leading edges black again.  Its just dirt-stained.  Only reason I really want to do this, is for when I waterproof my sail.  I don't want to seal that brown in.  Wink
Thanks for the advice.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 05:42 PM »

Nikwax tech wash works great! I have been using it for years on other items (jackets, cloth motorcycle bags, ect.) and all of there products live up to the advertisement! It;s unusual in this day and age but they really do work.

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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009, 07:58 PM »

those are called battle scars! no need to remove. Cool

however I do know a flyer that take his kites apart and showers with them Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2009, 09:24 PM »

Hah!
Spray and Wash with Resolve Power.
http://www.spraynwash.com/product.html#3

I had a rub on stick of this stuff around for clothes stains, and thought "Hmmm...."
So I used it on a small spot on my leading edge (which was black) to make sure it wouldnt discolor the black.  It didn't, so I used it all along my leading edge.  I rubbed the stick on the entire LE, then rubbed it in with my fingers.  Let it set for 20 minutes, then scrubbed it in with a damp rag, then washed off with mildly soapy water.

It took the stains right out.  Smiley
Happy Happy.  And a really cheap solution to a dirty kite.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2009, 01:34 AM »

I use "Fée du logis" of Johnson and it works perfectly.  Wink

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