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« on: July 03, 2012, 10:27 AM »

So during my trip to the beach my daughters friend put her kite in the drink. I had my spectra lines attached as I was done flying. So the first 10'or so got wet in salt water.

I rinsed the kites off, but did nothing with the lines other than let them dry loose...

Sunday I went out for an outing back here in texas on a humid day.
My lines did not seem very slippery. A couple times I got tip wrapped and when it used to just slide right off, it was stuck on there but good.

Opinion: is there some residue from the salt water on my lines?
Should I do something like put in fresh water and let dry?

P.s. the kites were brought back, all we unrolled for a couple days, but the sails all seemed to be sticking together. I figure that was from being rolled up in a humid environment for so long.

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 11:15 AM »

I have noticed that, especially here in the northwest, the sand on the beach is so fine and silty that it will very quickly bind to lines and make them sticky.  If it's dry this is usually not an issue, but any moisture and it sticks like glue.

I just wind them, let dry, and then hit it with some silicone spray and it brings it back.   If you spray it on the winder soaking it well and then unwind the lines and then fly them dry I think you will see a dramatic difference.  If it is particularly bad, I will wipe them with a paper towel sprayed with the stuff.


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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2012, 11:16 AM »

Salt Water??
WASH WASH WASH and let DRY DRY DRRRRYYYY at room temperature, in the garage or a dry place overnight or till you remember you left your kite for drying Smiley
Salt crystals will definitely be formed when the salt water dried and thus sticking the lines when moist again.
I live on an Island and always wash my lines with fresh water after even if they did not take the plunge.
I brush the kites for sand residues which can and will affect the sail with time.

Now you can wash the lines with warm water and some dish washer liquid (or washing machine for the perfume lol).
Spray some silicone on it to regain the slickness it lost but a clean line set will be slippery after a good wash if it has not worn at some places.

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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2012, 02:29 PM »

could be sand...could be salt........

rinse rinse rinse...
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012, 02:12 PM »

I bought some spray but it's oil based.

Can anyone tell me a brand name or where I can order some water based silicon spray?
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012, 05:59 PM »

fairly certain water and silly-cone dont mix there have been discussions on what type to use.somebody came up with a food grade product. but I dont plan on eating my lines anyway. I have used liquid wrench brand with no stickiness or unwanted residue. I now just replace my lines once in awhile. I think getting 20 wraps is overrated anyway
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2012, 06:35 PM »

Dunk my Rev in the ocean and the lines are always fine....
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2012, 06:48 PM »

you see several non petroleum based silicon pump sprays for treadmills. 

I saw several at lowes that were drop application instead of spray.


Tell you what though... don't do a search for water based lubricants unless you are over 18.... :-)
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 09:44 PM »

RC car shock & differential oils/greases are pure silicon as is DOT 5 automotive brake fluid. Much cheaper then the treadmill oils, 2 oz of RC Differential oil is under $4 or 12 oz of DOT 5 brake fluid under $10. Spray cans of silicon have a volatile solvent/carrier to thin the lubricant and only contain around 12% silicon, I don't know if the pump spayers contain any solvents.

I just had to find an alternative for the treadmill oils, the only one available here was $20 for a 2 month supply. Rhonda's treadmill is working great now, she hadn't really believed she was walking 12 mph before but now she can't keep up with it at 2 mph.

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