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Store the foil

Postby petato2 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:23 pm

Hi all,

I am an experienced kiter but completely new to foil.

I got a second hand foil and I am not sure how to store the foil at home between seasons ( for me 2-3 months).

For sure I rinse everything before storing, my question is should I keep the screws in or take them out.

I saw somewhere they recomend to rinse and justo loose the screws, others they recomend to rinse, take the screws out and round them with a tef tape untill next season.

What is your experience and recomendation?

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Re: Store the foil

Postby Foil » Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:53 pm

petato2 wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:23 pm
Hi all,

I am an experienced kiter but completely new to foil.

I got a second hand foil and I am not sure how to store the foil at home between seasons ( for me 2-3 months).

For sure I rinse everything before storing, my question is should I keep the screws in or take them out.

I saw somewhere they recomend to rinse and justo loose the screws, others they recomend to rinse, take the screws out and round them with a tef tape untill next season.

What is your experience and recomendation?
you don't say what make of foil you have?
if the mast is aluminium with 8mm plate bolts then these need removing, cleaning and new marine grease applying to all threads before storing in a dry place, same with aluminium fuse and screws, carbon wings just need a wash in clean water and drying, brass and stainless mast track fixings just need a good wash in soapy water and a good dry off.
Ideally all screws left out of fixings and all screw holes dried out, indoors is ideal.but a garage will do if dry.
All metal parts will get very damp in a cold garage or store room that is not insulated. best to try and keep them dry and cosy if left for months on end.

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Re: Store the foil

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:45 pm

If it is a carbon foil, don't waste time rinsing or taking anything apart.

If aluminium you need to take a lot more care, using TefGel and loosen screws now and then.

8) Peter

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Re: Store the foil

Postby petato2 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:01 pm

Many thanks yes it is alu.

So tefgel where, in both screws and threads right ?

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Re: Store the foil

Postby cglazier » Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:51 pm

You should apply your anti corrosion compound everywhere stainless steel touches aluminum.. apply liberally to threads.

TefGel is a great thick compound but it is quite expensive. Loctite Blue is less expensive and commonly available, at least in North America. Lithium grease is cheap and common everywhere. I notice that Moses sells white lithium grease for this purpose. The main function of any anti corrosion compound is simply to provide a barrier between the two metals and stop the salt water from wicking into the threads.

Every few weeks I take all my screws out where they touch aluminum and reapply the stuff. And if I store my foil for a long period I leave the screws out.

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