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

Postby geopeck » Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:01 pm

here's a tip for tear-aid - it is really different stuff when warm vs cold. If it is room temp it is super sticky and will probably not come off any place it touches on the bladder. So when you are ready to make your repair and have everything laid out put your tearaid in the freezer for a minute, then apply it. You will have the option to pull it back off if something goes wrong, if you do it quick. Also, if something goes wrong and you can't get it off and you are still leaking through a crease in the bladder or tear aid, put a rag over it and then iron it, looking to get it to 40c or 130ishf. The glue will run out of the tear-aid into your crease and stick. Forever and ever.

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

Postby tolios » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:47 am

used the 303 fabric guard this weekend..
cant tell if its going to prelong the life of my kite but..
1.it gave him a fine velvet feel.
2.very good water repellency
3.i m praying for a uv protection....
hope it will help...but for sure there is nothing like a good housekeeping like 72kiteboarder said.

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

Postby spork » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:58 am

tolios wrote:1.it gave him a fine velvet feel.


Your kites are male!? Mine are my bitches. It never occured to me there were male kites.

>> i m praying for a uv protection....

There's certainly nothing wrong with seeking better UV protection, but... I think the real trick to kite longevity is to never leave them out when they're not in use - partly because of UV, but mostly because the wind really does a number on the material when it's not filled out in its "flying configuration". The trailing edge flapping is a killer of kites.

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

Postby richswing » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:41 am

Hey 72kiteboarder,

What about if the kite is dry but the last wash or couple of washes have been in salt water, do think the salt will deteriorate the kite.

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Postby tolios » Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:46 am

It never occured to me there were male kites


you are right spork..never thought of it this way...is it too late now to call him a bitch??? :thumb:

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

Postby spork » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:41 pm

>> is it too late now to call him a bitch???

Not if he's gay....




Not that there's anything wrong with that. :rollgrin:

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

Postby 72kiteboarder » Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:58 pm

richswing wrote:Hey 72kiteboarder,

What about if the kite is dry but the last wash or couple of washes have been in salt water, do think the salt will deteriorate the kite.

Cheers
Rich



No, In my experience, Fresh water tends to create mold if the kite is wet and salt water does not. However Salt water will leave a little salt on the kite when it dries so it is always a good idea to wash with fresh water and ensure the kite is completely dry before putting them away. Oh and make sure there is NO sand on the kite. Sand will act like sand paper on the fabric when it is folded up and stored or traveled with.

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

Postby antonito » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:07 pm

Does anyone know of an alternative to Glufix? I have finished my tube but have plenty of drywall tape leftover... There must be a more generic equivalent?

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

Postby spork » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:57 pm

antonito wrote:Does anyone know of an alternative to Glufix? I have finished my tube but have plenty of drywall tape leftover... There must be a more generic equivalent?


A friend recently told me that Glufix IS AquaSeal - and offered some pretty compelling evidence.

In any event, I can vouch for AquaSeal being bulletproof. I actually had a panel torn out all way along three sides, put it back in place with AquaSeal and some scrap kite material, and continued to ride the kite for a long time.

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

Postby goosh » Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:42 pm

I'm looking into getting a sewing machine to fix my kites... (figured in the long run it would be cheaper than sending the kites off)

What do people recommend?

We have a normal sewing machine, but that's not strong enough.. It seems I need something more industrial.. any recommendations on models/brands

Thanks


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