Over the past 6 years Sailmaking Support Systems has applied SAILKOTE Plus to thousand of square feet of sails for boats ranging in size from 25’ to 155’. The results have been truly dramatic. The sails that we have seen, having been sailkoted as much as 4 seasons ago, are in better shape than those that have not. The sails, made from as diverse materials as Woven Polyester and Nylon to Laminated Polyester and Spectra, are cleaner, exhibit less mildew, and suffer less from wear and tear.
As effective as SAILKOTE Plus is, Sailmaking Support Systems has figured out there are methods that MUST be employed to maximize not only the application of the Sailkote on your sails, but also the effectiveness and longevity of SAILKOTE Plus.
In order to be applied properly, SAILKOTE Plus MUST be applied using a High Volume/Low Pressure paint sprayer. The sail to be koted must be capable of being stretched out as much as possible in a WELL-VENTILATED environment.
We have many stories about those that tried to apply the SAILKOTE Plus themselves using less than the equipment and space required. The results were less than desirable. Through our experience, we have arrived at the correct formulation for a given sail and sail fabric. This guarantees the correct amount of SAILKOTE Plus is used to avoid waste and extra weight, while insuring the proper coverage for maximum effect.
In order for the Sailkote to work best, the sail must be clean and grime free, with as much mildew removed as possible, which in most cases involves a Vacu-Wash.
SAILKOTE Plus is best applied to a brand new sail just after it is totally complete. Treating the fabric alone is not enough, as much of the mildew is introduced through the stitch holes and exposed fabric edges (such as along seams).
TO BE TRULY EFFECTIVE THE ENTIRE COMPLETED SAIL MUST BE SAILKOTED.
Sailmaking Support Systems offers an 8,000 square foot ventilated facility set up to efficiently handle Sailkoting to keep your sails clean, efficient and mildew-free for years to come.