SailKote Dry Lubricant: Competitive Sailors Use SailKote Dry Lubricant for Sails, Hulls, Rigging and Deck Hardware to Maximize Performance!
Sailkote is the easy to apply high-tech, high performance dry lubricant that makes sails, hulls, rigging, deck hardware, and anything that moves on your boat run smoother, work more efficiently and last longer than you ever thought possible.
Team McLube Sailkote is the only dry lubricant currently available that has been specifically designed for marine use. Sailkote is a translucent liquid that sprays or wipes on and completely dries in seconds. So, unlike oils, silicones, and waxes, it will never attract dirt, water and contaminants that eventually degrade lubrication performance.
“World class” sailors across the globe from maxi-racers to sailboarders are enjoying the benefits of Sailkote's advanced dry lubrication technology. The same dry lubricant technology that has been developed for, and race proven by America's Cup Teams, Olympics Medalists, and One Design World Champions.
Discover the difference Sailkote can make in your sailing performance and enjoyment. Examine the cruising and racing applications pages for complete application information and important performance enhancement tips. Just as the sailors of nearly every America's Cup syndicate have discovered, no boat should be sailing without the benefit of Sailkote.
It dries quickly to a hard, smooth, ultra-slick, hydrophobic dry coating that bonds tenaciously to almost any surface. And because Sailkote is a dry lubricant, it will not attract dirt or contaminants and will not transfer to other surfaces, or you.
Sailkote is typically five times as effective, and lasts much longer than, wax, oil or Teflon® based lubricants.
SailKote Application Guide
Sailkote is easily applied by spraying or wiping onto a clean, dry surface. The most important element of a successful application is to make sure that all surfaces to be coated are perfectly clean and dry. For instance, if you are applying sailkote to sail tracks, all previous attempts at lubrication must be completely removed. This can most effectively be done with a solvent such as acetone.
TEAM MCLUBE EQUIPMENT APPLICATION GUIDE:
Spray on a thin, even coating avoiding drips and runs. After the first coating is dry apply a second coat to ensure complete coverage. Be sure to mask off any areas that you do not want coated. Sailkote is extremely slippery!
For wiping application use a soft absorbent cotton cloth or small cell sponge applying one even coat with a gentle even pressure in the streamline direction.
Sailkote dries to a hard film in a matter of seconds and can be put into service immediately thereafter.
Sailkote is available in convenient 16oz. spray cans, as well as, in quarts, one gallon cans and five gallon pails. When properly applied Sailkote will last an entire season under normal conditions.
TEAM MCLUBE SAIL APPLICATION GUIDE:
The benefits of coating spinnakers with Sailkote are listed below:
• Minimize water absorption to keep spinnaker as light as possible at all times
• Minimize friction when hoisting, dousing (and gybing assym) spinnakers
• Maximize resistance to tearing cloth on sharp objects
• Minimize possibility of mildew
The benefits of coating genoas with Sailkote are listed below:
• Minimize friction when tacking (overlapping genoa against mast and shrouds) this friction is the main cause of the breakdown of the genoa cloth and laminates.
• Minimize water absorption to keep genoas as light as possible at all times.
• By coating luff tape (or hanks) of sail, friction is dramatically reduced when hoisting. For maximum benefit during peel changes, be sure to coat both sides of genoa entirely.
• Maximize resistance to tearing cloth or laminate on spreader tips and sharp objects.
• Keep telltales sensitive and flying in wet conditions.
For best results, we prefer to spray Sailkote over the 'cloth rag' or sponge application.
• Sails should be laid out on a clean, flat surface (e.g. sail loft floor) in an area with little or no wind, and PLENTY of ventilation.
• Wearing a mask is recommended anytime paint sprayers are in use.
• Spinnakers must be both clean and dry in order for Sailkote to adhere properly.
• For spinnakers- a VERY light coating on each side is all that is needed.
Multi-layered corners require more coverage so try 3-4 coats on each side. Be careful not to apply a heavy coating over any 'inked on' numbers or logos, as this may cause them to run slightly or bleed.
• Generally hold spray nozzle about 1.5 to 2 feet from cloth.
• Sail should only appear 'wet' for 5-15 seconds or so. If sail never actually 'wets out', then possibly too little material is being applied, or it may be drying prior to contact and it may fail to adhere properly. If sail stays wet for more than 15 seconds, or if sail takes on a slightly 'opaque' coating, then this is an indication that the coating is being applied too heavily. Coating should never be applied so heavily that it might 'drip or run'.
• Following the above guidelines, a Mumm-36 spinnaker takes about 10 minutes each side to spray, and uses approximately 2 quarts of Sailkote.
• Upon completion of spraying, run acetone through sprayer for 30 seconds or more to clean nozzle.
• If properly applied, Sailkote may last more than 100 spinnaker sets (generally this is more than an entire season).
TEAM MCLUBE HULL APPLICATION GUIDE:
The benefits of coating racing hulls with Sailkote are listed below:
• Minimize friction and maintain a clean, slick racing hull surface
• Repel dirt, oil deposits and grime from hull waterline area and below (no more dirty, black, slow waterline debris stripe)
• Significantly minimize growth adhesion to hull
• Any growth that does actually manage to adhere to hull easily wipes away
Please note: the Sailkote hull application concept is simple. Sailkote can be applied directly to gelcoat, over a hard-coat bottompaint, or any other kind of bottompaint. Remember, Sailkote will only adhere as well as whatever surface is underneath it. Either gelcoated (or Awlgrip or LP) surfaces, hard-coated (epoxy or copper based) bottompaints are recommended due to the fact that they provide a relatively solid coating to which Sailkote adheres nicely. If Sailkote is applied to chalky or ablative bottompaints, longevity and durability may be compromised.
For best results, we prefer to spray Sailkote over the 'cloth rag' or sponge application. We recommend an HVLP (high volume, low pressure) paint sprayer, such as the #HV-2000 which can be purchased through Campbell-Hausfeld for about $285.00 (toll free order hotline # 800 543-6400).
• Hull should be completely clean, dry and free of any contaminants. We recommend wiping hull with acetone or other solvent to properly prepare surface.
• Sailkote can either be wiped or sprayed on.
• Wiping Sailkote onto the hull can easily be performed nearly anywhere.
• For the serious racer, we strongly recommend the spray application method.
• Boatyard spray booth is ideal, if not, minimum wind and PLENTY of ventilation is recommended.
• Wearing a mask is recommended anytime paint sprayers are in use.
• A VERY light coating is all that is needed. The waterline area and the leading edges of the keel and rudder may require 3-4 coats, however, 2 light coats over the entire hull area should suffice. Be careful not to apply too heavy a coating.
• Generally hold spray nozzle about 1.5 to 2 feet from hull.
• Hull should only appear 'wet' for 5-15 seconds or so. If hull never actually 'wets out', then possibly too little material is being applied, and it may fail to adhere properly. If hull stays wet for more than 15 seconds, or if hull takes on a slightly 'opaque' coating, then this is an indication that the coating is being applied too heavily. Coating should never be applied so heavily that it might 'run', or appear with an orange peel finish.
• Following the above guidelines, a J/24 takes about 7 minutes each side to spray, and uses approximately 1 quart of Sailkote. A Mumm-36 hull takes 10 minutes each side and 2 quarts should allow good coverage for the entire hull depending on spray conditions.
• Upon completion of spraying, run acetone through sprayer for 30 seconds or more to properly clean spray nozzle.
• If properly applied, Sailkote may last an entire season on the hull of a sailboat.