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Waterproof your kite?

Postby windyway » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:01 pm

I've noticed that a dry kite re-launches much easier than a wet kite.
Has anyone tried applying waterproofing to the kite canopy?

Waterproofing for tents is about $40 a gallon and a garden sprayer is another $10.
It would be nice to see my kite shed water like a good Gortex mountain parka !
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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby Wetstuff » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:00 pm

... I used to do that. There were kites that needed a crane to relaunch. The logic is correct but I think the only measurable benefit, I felt, is that it helped keep the kite cleaner. We get some muddy crud on our kites when going bayside.

A cheaper/easier version is the tent spray at Walmart - about $5 aerosol can .. or 303 Fabric Guard .. or IOSSO Water Repellent. Don't expect much longevity from these. The best ones are 'heat set', like NIKWAX. Their resins fuse/bind with the fabric, mineral oils, not so much. Do not try heat setting in a big commercial dryer. I did that. The kite ended up nice and crispy, but 30% smaller spots.

I don't do any of that anymore, but you should. Maybe there are some new results to be had. Good luck with it.


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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby JMF » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:54 pm

Wait for this stuff to hit the market soon

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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby WildDuke » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:21 am

Looks good, but bet it will be bloody expensive!

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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby unbob » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:17 pm

Okay, the issue I have is crashing my kite on the water then returning to the beach shortly thereafter.

After landing the kite on the beach the LE is covered with sand 'cause it's wet. I don't want to leave my kite baking in the sun while waiting for it to dry and don't want to deflate and roll-up while still covered with sand. What to do? In my case I carry the still inflated kite off the beach to a spot where I have a large tarp nailed to the ground. I then either let it dry (in the shade) or spray with water from a garden hose to remove sand and then dry.

Anyway, the issue is it's takes a long time for the LE to sufficiently dry where the sand will no longer "stick" to the surface.

Why can't kite manufacturers use a quick-drying fabric or coating on the LE?

Meantime, has anyone used any of the products previously mentioned on this thread or something else that can be sprayed on the LE to enable quick-drying?

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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby NYKiter » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:33 pm

great..neverwet...just what we need - more nano particles...
we dont even know the impact of these things on the human body.. enjoy those titanium nano particle in your m&ms btw...
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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby eree » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:46 pm

my thoughts exactly!

i already hate the silicone smear, sand sticky feel on some companies new kites (...slingshot..), and then this? no way!

kites are made of polyester just like your drinking water bottle, so nothing gonna happen to it if it gets wet!!! don't be fooled, they just want your money.

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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby nikalaitzian » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:55 pm

JMF wrote:Wait for this stuff to hit the market soon

and pay for another kite :wink:

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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby MACTNKA » Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:36 pm

Neverwet's been on the market for years and its cheap. $18 on Amazon . Let us know how it works though! Always wondered but i wouldnt sacrifice a good kite!

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Re: Waterproof your kite?

Postby Dr Makani » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:47 pm

I've used neverwet on an e-z up 12x12. I would say that the square footage of this canopy would be similar to 8/9m kite?! Anyway. I needed 2 cans to cover the canopy. It dries up a bit hazy/milky, definitively not clear, and it feels a bit sticky. Yes, water pearls off nicely, but exposure to UV destroys its magic fast; I would say within 14 days.
So, overall, would I use it on a kite? Naw. I think one would need 2 to 3 cans to cover it, befriend the haze and do it all over after a month for ~$60.
I agree, water launch is a bitch. So, curse at your kite. It gets afraid and may turn over easier ... :lol:


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