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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby toddsphresh » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:38 am

just wanted to share my latest valve repair success. i fly older 2008 flexifoil ion 3s. as you probably know the valves all needed to be replaced again. my 14.5 needed all new strut valves as well as le valves all the way around. Replacement valves are super expensive at around 15$ a piece times i would need 13 of them so around 200$ and this is assuming i get them all to take. i decided to try and make some newish 2013 new slingshot valves as they have entire strut sets available for 7$ on their website as well as le sets for the same price. i ordered one set of 13 m fuels struts and an le set as well. when i got them they looked like they would not fit as they are curved and skinnier than mine. they ended up expanding perfectly in all of my smaller struts buy my main middle strut they were too small for so i took the end of the le bladder and made a strut by simply tying a knot on one side if the last valve as well as on the the end of it and it worked flawlessly. For the other valves on the le bladder i just cut them off off the fuel le bladder and aquasealed them onto my le bladder. Now my kite holds air perfectly all for a total cost of 20$. just wanted to share this with anyone in a similar situation that has a solid older kite that just needs new valves but does not want to pay 150 + dollars to replace them on a kite thats barely worth 200$ but you still love it.
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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby NorthernKitesAus » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:08 am

I don't understand what you did exactly. Did you source cheap valves and glued them on, or new bladders with valves attached, or?

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby NorthernKitesAus » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:13 am

Tear-Aid A is only good for very small pin-holes or small tears. Anything more than 2cm long, and it's time to patch the area with another layer of bladder or a replacement.

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby GregK » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:26 pm

NorthernKitesAus wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:13 am
Tear-Aid A only good for very small pin-holes or tears. Anything more than 2cm long, and time to patch with ...
TearAid and with an inner layer of thin ( 40 micron ) bladder film behind the cut-out. Have done many TearAid repairs this way, some quite large.

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LE bladder from a 9m LF Envy, blow-out was about 14 inches long and 3 inches wide. Repair was done in the summer of 2015 ; haven't heard anything back, so assume it's holding fine.

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby Faxie » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:26 pm

Had a small onestrutvalve leak, probably from a hot car, turns out the air is leaking between the round patch and the plastic base of the connector. Cleaned it up and put some Aquaseal over the edge on the outside and spread it out to get some more coverage. Any one experience with this? Will it hold? Was a tiny leak.

Or is there a big chance that I have to eventually get the round patch off and seal it from the inside? ....

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby sarc » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:06 am

Faxie wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:26 pm
Had a small onestrutvalve leak, probably from a hot car, turns out the air is leaking between the round patch and the plastic base of the connector. Cleaned it up and put some Aquaseal over the edge on the outside and spread it out to get some more coverage. Any one experience with this? Will it hold? Was a tiny leak.

Or is there a big chance that I have to eventually get the round patch off and seal it from the inside? ....
If you used aquaseal properly, the repair should last a VERY VERY long time.

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby Faxie » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:18 pm

sarc wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:06 am
Faxie wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:26 pm
Had a small onestrutvalve leak, probably from a hot car, turns out the air is leaking between the round patch and the plastic base of the connector. Cleaned it up and put some Aquaseal over the edge on the outside and spread it out to get some more coverage. Any one experience with this? Will it hold? Was a tiny leak.

Or is there a big chance that I have to eventually get the round patch off and seal it from the inside? ....
If you used aquaseal properly, the repair should last a VERY VERY long time.
Well, I've flown it a few times now, and no problems yet :)

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby kjorn » Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:19 am

Guys. Flew my 7m Bandit into a bush - woops!

Took bladder out, found and patched 39 holes. Used many "park tool super patch" over the pin holes.

Test inflate - stayed up for around an hour before getting too soft.

Put bladder in kite, pumped up super hard. Sprayed with soapy water. Counted around 17 more holes. Some of the bubbles were coming out of the seams of the dacron -- so not sure where those holes are.

Should I keep patching?
Do you think the patches are leaking?


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