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McLube it

Postby hello sailor » Mon Apr 05, 2004 2:18 pm

Buy a product called McLube, it is a silicone based marine Lubricant. Apply to the canopy material liberally (soak it in the shit) and you will find the the initial crispynes and "wind proofing" returns like it's new once it is dry. Magic. I do it all the time with spinakers.

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Postby cglazier » Mon Apr 05, 2004 4:01 pm

Sunshine and UV rays are what ruins kite fabric. Rinsing you kite does no good although it doesn't hurt them either (except fresh water allows mildew to grow quicker than salt water). But the extra drying ruins them. Never, never, never leave your kite out to dry lnger than neccessary.

Dave Ezyy (Ezzy Sails) explained this to me years ago and he just shook his head at the windsurfers who rinse their sails and dry them in the sun. It ruins them. He figured than about 300 hours of full sunshine was enough to seriously degrade the fabric. Any kite repair shop has seen people bring in old kites with the fabric ruined by sunlight.. it is all too common.

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Postby sq225917 » Mon Apr 05, 2004 4:20 pm

team mclube, all the way, helps beat off UV, and makes them last longer.

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Postby WILCO » Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:14 pm

team mclube, all the way, helps beat off UV, and makes them last longer.
Is this neccesary to apply to kites that have build in uv-sunscreen? (best kites for example :wink: ) and doesn't it make the kite really heavy?

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Postby theflyingtinman » Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:41 pm

cglazier wrote:Sunshine and UV rays are what ruins kite fabric. Rinsing you kite does no good although it doesn't hurt them either (except fresh water allows mildew to grow quicker than salt water). But the extra drying ruins them. Never, never, never leave your kite out to dry lnger than neccessary.

Dave Ezyy (Ezzy Sails) explained this to me years ago and he just shook his head at the windsurfers who rinse their sails and dry them in the sun. It ruins them. He figured than about 300 hours of full sunshine was enough to seriously degrade the fabric. Any kite repair shop has seen people bring in old kites with the fabric ruined by sunlight.. it is all too common.

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Yup,

300 hours, same as paragliders - so for the more mathematically
challenged that means if you have a kite out in the sun for 5 hours a day,
2 days a week your kite is looking around for a nice retirement home at
the grand old age of about 7 months!

If you're not riding it - cover it.

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Takoon material

Postby newb » Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:05 pm

I am just passing this on, so no flames please.

According to the "best quality" post just recently posted, Takoon used a different material for a little bit there. Not the industry standard poly ripstop on most kites. Apparently they have switched back. I would contact the dealer and press him for the facts. If their material sucked and they know it, they should help you out somehow.

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UV damage

Postby KRIS » Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:15 pm

If UV rays do that to our kites what will not do to our poor human skin? :roll:

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Postby WILCO » Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:03 pm

that means if you have a kite out in the sun for 5 hours a day,
2 days a week your kite is looking around for a nice retirement home at
the grand old age of about 7 months!
Ahh at last an advantage of the overcast weather here in the Netherlands, i knew this cold as hell country must have ONE advantage :D


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