Topic : Sail Numbers-removal

I seem to remember the same problem - acetone sort of removed the gunge but more moved it round the sail!  Try white spirit and follow with diluted washing up liquid.

Posted: 12/06/2013 14:02:50
By: Andrew M
"Without resorting to pricey, proprietary 'sail number adhesive remover' I use WD40, which seems to work OK and doesn't leave a sludge/slurry/residue or other unsightly mess (apparently it's based on fish-oil [may be an urban myth!]). If you try warming the numbers with a hairdryer before peeling them off the sail more adhesive seems to stay on the number rather than the sail."

Posted: 30/07/2013 13:32:23
By: Alistair
Following thread does anyone know what is recommended for laminate sails?

Posted: 23/08/2013 16:36:04
By: Gareth Griffiths Notting Hill Rigging Co
You want a toluene based glue remover. It's not cheap and quite toxic but it will do the job better than anything else.\r\n\r\nBeware of glued seams through!

Posted: 28/12/2013 17:59:06
By: Chris M
The toluene based product should be ok. Just avoid the seams. It's fast evaporating.

Posted: 28/12/2013 17:59:06
By: Chris M
"I went with a 'graffiti remover' off e-bay, brilliant and left absolutely no residue/sludge and didn't impact the sail material at all."

Posted: 12/01/2014 17:28:59
By: Alan3571
"Chris , I had a similar problem when sailing Sigmas and the answer seemed to be thinners for antifouling which removed the gunk and then sprinkle with talcum powder which  sticks on any remaining stickiness."

Posted: 01/02/2014 09:27:57
By: francis Boff
Thanks Guys

Posted: 08/02/2014 12:18:52
By: Chris Rathbone
Cheers Chris M...

Posted: 25/04/2014 17:47:49
By: GarethGriffiths
Cheers Chris M...

Posted: 25/04/2014 17:47:49
By: GarethGriffiths
"I recently bought a second hand set of sails and wish to renumber the main which is made of sailcloth, not anything exotic. The black numbers come off easily enough but leave the number still there in an unattractive ""sludge"" brown which I guess is the old glue. I believe that this can be removed with acetone but judging from first attempts, I will need vats of it to clear the brown. Has anyone got surefire tips on how to remove without damaging the sail and my bank balance please?\r\nCheers,\r\n\r\nChris"

Posted: 29/04/2014 13:32:26
By: Chris Rathbone
Nail varnish remover (acetone?) I've used white spirit before now aka thinners no.1

Posted: 29/04/2014 14:11:49
By: Miles 3646


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