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« on: April 22, 2012, 11:02 AM »

Hi
Short question.
My Sea Devil kite with Icarex (white) sail was mess (to soil) with, I think,  sun lotion for body. The  kite was touched on the body with sun lotion I think...
I use light soap water for cleaning.
 I made cleaning....
Question: Does soap +water cleaning can damege Icarex sail and does Icarex sail has some wax protecion layer to protect Icarex which can be maybe remove with soap (If exist that layer?)...?
Will that part of Icarex clean with soap and water,  show with time,  some difference in the future then other part of Icarex?
Or with other words, will the all sail of the kite (clean and unclean) be the same  and the healthy in the future....
thanks
all best
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012, 03:05 PM »

I've asked this question before on FA. I reckon the stuff you wash softshell jackets works well and help waterproof them too .... Nik wax sell one in the UK. There must be an equivalent in the US if they don't sell this  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012, 07:59 PM »

soap will not hurt the sail.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2012, 11:00 PM »

Thanks Ko.
Harveystubbs, sorry didn't understand, You mean soap will not hurt the Icarex?
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 12:36 AM »

Mild soap or detergent shouldn't harm Icarex or any other kite fabric. Cheap dishwashing detergent withno additives, oils or antibacterials is good. I wouldn't go spraying it with any window or bathroom cleaners though. Stubborn spots seem to respond well to a  bit of Goo Gone on a soft cloth with no damage either.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 01:37 PM »

Washing up liquid in a weak solution is ok but there are better products made for out door waterproof clothing which are better IMHO  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 02:04 PM »

Hi
Short question.
My Sea Devil kite with Icarex (white) sail was mess (to soil) with, I think,  sun lotion for body. The  kite was touched on the body with sun lotion I think...
I use light soap water for cleaning.
 I made cleaning....
Question: Does soap +water cleaning can damege Icarex sail and does Icarex sail has some wax protecion layer to protect Icarex which can be maybe remove with soap (If exist that layer?)...?
Will that part of Icarex clean with soap and water,  show with time,  some difference in the future then other part of Icarex?
Or with other words, will the all sail of the kite (clean and unclean) be the same  and the healthy in the future....
thanks
all best
boris


Sunscreen can stain clothing... i assume it can do the same to Icarex.
Is that the problem?.. is there some staining?
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012, 10:34 PM »

Hi
The stain looks like wax-oil big spot.
I use weak soap and wash it.
After wash the stain was still there but it was not so expose as before. I could see is better on sun when reflecting Icarex from close view.
And with time it is dissapier... strange.
I suspect I got stain with one touch of the kite on the body passed with sun lotion.
But I also suspect somethink else:
Kite bag inside part, has layer of some supstance, for I think water proffing. Outside part don't have it. I press inside part of the bag by hand, and with hand heat (body temperature) it start to be little sticky. Then I wash bag with hot watter and soap it start to be very sticky but only on inside side. After drying it looks normal but when the heat is higher, again, after wash, inside part of the bag start to be sticky as before with heat.
I suspect that was the problem-kite in the  bag on the hot beach day next to sticky side in the bag..
I use still same  bag but I made inside part to be OUT and inside part to be OUT.
I can't see the stain now. Just worry about soap treatment and that's why I asked You all kite flyers.
But, You say Icarex is resist on light soap and shouldn't be a problem
Thanks a lot
Boris

 
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