if you're a DIY guy then obtaining of a good repair kit is probably best option. If the tear is on non-heavy load (more to the wingtips area) you can go w/o meshing+gluing, but do insert good adhesive dacron from the inside and outside (protect the edges of the tape with PU glue on the outside)...
Here's details for the repair using Dr.Tuba
Final result is looking like this:
If you don't feel like DIY guy then probably it is the best to take your kite to the pro's...
PS - I wouldn't go with self stiching as a permanent option atho we did it many times on vacations...
tmcfarla wrote:I have a few small (1-2 inch) rips in my leading edge. Professional repair would involve shipping the kite, which I'd like to avoid, and would probably be pretty costly so I would like to do it myself.
Should I go with kitefix (a combination of glue and cloth) or kiteaid (iron on patches)? Both companies say they work for leading edge repairs, both are about the same price. Kiteaid looks a lot easier, but I haven't found any reviews of it.
Alternatively I could hand-sew the rips, but I really don't think I could open the leading edge main seam because I don't have access to a sewing machine to close it back up. Any advice on hand sewing LE rips? What kind of stich works best? The rips are small enough that I don't think sewing by hand would take too long, but I don't know how well it works and what kind of stich to use.
Thanks for any input.