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Dyeing Sails

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by TFrere, Sep 12, 2012. Add this thread to a FAQ

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  1. TFrere

    TFrere

    Joined Oct 1, 2008
    144 posts, 6 likes
    Morgan 382
    US Mandeville, LA
    I have an old lightweight drifter which is white. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried dyeing sails. I have two artists in the family and thought it may be fun to have them do some artwork with fabric dye. Any thoughts?
    Tommy
     


  2. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,744 posts, 1,065 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    How much will you pay them? :D
    Plus food and beverage...
     


  3. Merlin Clark

    Merlin Clark

    Joined Oct 26, 2005
    2,057 posts, 2 likes
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    US Satellite Beach, FL.
    None other than it's a very cool idea!
    Have you seen the Morgan Yachts FB page?
     


  4. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    5,617 posts, 1,267 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Let us know if it works. I've always worried that dacron won't hold the dye. But maybe?
     


  5. Merlin Clark

    Merlin Clark

    Joined Oct 26, 2005
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    US Satellite Beach, FL.
    I seem to remember a thread not too long ago about using fabric paint. Might check the archieves.
     


  6. RichH

    RichH

    Joined Feb 14, 2005
    4,775 posts, 12 likes
    Tayana 37 cutter; I20/M20 SCOWS
    US Worton Creek, MD
    Yup paint it, dont dye it.
    Especially with Dacron or nylon, DIY dyeing cannot penetrate 'into' the fibers; and, when it rains, you'll be standing ankle deep in 'color' ... and of course the dye doesnt easily come out of the gelcoat if the gel has become porous.
     


  7. voltzwgn

    voltzwgn

    Joined Aug 20, 2011
    75 posts, 0 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Sacramento, CA
    What kind of paint would one use? I too have an old sail that needs some repairs that I was going to pass on doing...... but if I could paint a design on the sail i might undertake the repairs so i could haul it up on occasion. I'm thinking even with one color one could make a pretty striking design.
     


  8. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
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    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
  9. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    5,617 posts, 1,267 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    ... and the archive suggested trying "carpet dye".

    I did a google and a lot of choices came up. I have a ratty old sail. Might make a fun weekend project to see what happens. But I'd want a few years of actual use data before I tried it on my main.

    Just saying :)
     


  10. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
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    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX


  11. Ross

    Ross

    Joined Jun 15, 2004
    14,693 posts, 11 likes
    Islander/Wayfairer 30 sail number 25
    US Perryville,Md.
    Nylon accepts "RIT" brand dyes but they fade in the sun after a couple of years. Rinsing the excessive dye from the fabric is essential . Purchase a yard of white nylon from a fabric shop and give it a try and see if you like it.
     


  12. kloudie1

    kloudie1

    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    8,137 posts, 656 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    I doan no, T Frere.. I can see the psychedelic colors on the foredeck and dripping down the sides when ya get hit with that little acid rain stuff coming over from New Orleans ..??
     


  13. voltzwgn

    voltzwgn

    Joined Aug 20, 2011
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    Macgregor 25
    US Sacramento, CA



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