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How can I age new fabric which is glued to an old land yachting sail? Answered

My study association builds land yacht for own use. One of them, which was broken and outdated, recently is renovated such that it can be displayed next to the room of the board of the study association. 

The sail we use for it is an original DN ice-yacht sail about 40 years old. For the looks we, and our faculty mechanical engineering, decided we should add logo's of our association and the TU/e on the sail. This is done, but now rises the problem. The new logo's/letters don't look right, way to young. How can we age the new fabric to the correct looks?

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rickharris
rickharris

Best Answer 6 years ago

Assuming the issue to be lack of:

wrinkles
Stains
Faded colours

Try in order.

Wet and scrub between hands to wrinkle - Allow to dry tightly bound up with string or runner bands

Stain with old tea bags, coffee - for some reason stains always seem to be brown. Also wrap some nails in the sail when wet to put rust stains on it.

Bleach is your best best for fading colour. use it diluted to reduce the effect so you don't get blotches of white fabric.

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ruudcreates
ruudcreates

Answer 6 years ago

Thanks. I will try these approaches, especially the rust will do it good were there allready is rust on the rest of the sail. Coffee however didn't work, allready tried.

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RavensCraft
RavensCraft

6 years ago

I just Googled "Sandblasting Fabric"
Apparently that's how the garment manufacturers get the
faded denim look on their clothes by sandblasting
with aluminum oxide grit.

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RavensCraft
RavensCraft

6 years ago

Maybe some light sandblasting will do the trick.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

6 years ago

There are tricks like encouraging moulds to grow by putting yogurt on things - but the smell will get cheesy fast !