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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby L0KI » Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:33 pm

This is a 2008 kite, right?
You best do all the valves because if they are not all already leaking, they will be soon.
You can do all of them with Aqua Seal, which will take some work and a bit of a learning curve the first time around.
Or FixMyKite.com sells replacement stick ons for the best prices.
Not really worth putting much money into this crappy old kite though, so maybe AquaSeal is the way to go.

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby LiquidXtasy » Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:36 pm

Bushflyr wrote:
LiquidXtasy wrote:So your saying once I glue all the valves, I will never have any problems with any of them ever again?
Yes.

And it's you're.
Is there a way to take the wax paper back out? Or do I have to live with it being in there forever too?
If you really care you can fish it out of the valve. I never bother as it has no affect on anything whatsoever.
Alright I am probably going to do this later tonight then thanks for the help

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby LiquidXtasy » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:42 am

OnB wrote:This is a 2008 kite, right?
You best do all the valves because if they are not all already leaking, they will be soon.
You can do all of them with Aqua Seal, which will take some work and a bit of a learning curve the first time around.
Or FixMyKite.com sells replacement stick ons for the best prices.
Not really worth putting much money into this crappy old kite though, so maybe AquaSeal is the way to go.
Yes a 2008, how do you know?

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby LiquidXtasy » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:42 am

OnB wrote:This is a 2008 kite, right?
You best do all the valves because if they are not all already leaking, they will be soon.
You can do all of them with Aqua Seal, which will take some work and a bit of a learning curve the first time around.
Or FixMyKite.com sells replacement stick ons for the best prices.
Not really worth putting much money into this crappy old kite though, so maybe AquaSeal is the way to go.
Yes a 2008, how do you know?

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby L0KI » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:52 am

It's in your profile.
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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby KYLakeKiter » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:06 am

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle! LiquidXtasy is a real newbie kiter. I would have sworn that was someone from the forum messing around using a second login.

Welcome to the sport Liquid. Fixing leaks is part of the learning curve. It goes along with buying old kites and learning how to buy better old kites. (I am not knocking old used kites, but there is an inherent frustration level that comes with the inevitable leaks that will occur) Every used kite I have every bought had at least one leaky valve.

Personally, I would say go for the stick on valve. Its more expensive, but it is much more user friendly. You will be much happier once you are on the beach as opposed to having good wind and being pissed that your aquaseal job failed. Best of luck and good winds.

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby Bushflyr » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:17 am

KYLakeKiter wrote:You will be much happier once you are on the beach as opposed to having good wind and being pissed that your aquaseal job failed. Best of luck and good winds.
Sorry, no. I recently blew up an AR5.5 I Aquasealed 15 years ago. Scary as hell to fly, but still held air. Done right a glue job will outlast the rest of the kite.

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby KYLakeKiter » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:48 pm

Bushflyr wrote:
KYLakeKiter wrote:You will be much happier once you are on the beach as opposed to having good wind and being pissed that your aquaseal job failed. Best of luck and good winds.
Sorry, no. I recently blew up an AR5.5 I Aquasealed 15 years ago. Scary as hell to fly, but still held air. Done right a glue job will outlast the rest of the kite.
No doubt that Aquaseal done right works great and lasts a long time, but I was referring to the trial and error involved in learning to glue a valve properly. Any valve holding air for 15 years is quite impressive.

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby billekrub » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:52 am

Tried kitefix glue in tube and adhesion on valve was poor, would not adhere well to the bladder side.
Tried Aquaseal on 7 valves and all seven tested well.
Acetone removes old glue, removes leaking valve and preps surfaces well. Sanded all surfaces lightly, used acetone with paper towel, let surfaces dry thoroughly, applied Aquaseal to both surfaces and let them sit for 10+ minutes. Then joined the surfaces, put them under weight overnight and kites held air all day. Used wax paper in the inside to prevent inadvertent bladder sticking.
Removing and reinstalling bladder or strut comprise most of the effort. Kites should be rated on how little effort it takes to repair them, among other things.
Those valves not treated and not now leaking should fail soon.
Manufacturer offered replacement bladders at cost, since the kites had not been used, just stored.
Thanks for all the suggestions in this forum topic!

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Re: Kite leaking from valve??? Oh hell no!!!

Postby Do-it » Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:24 am

Bushflyr wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:17 am
KYLakeKiter wrote:You will be much happier once you are on the beach as opposed to having good wind and being pissed that your aquaseal job failed. Best of luck and good winds.
Sorry, no. I recently blew up an AR5.5 I Aquasealed 15 years ago. Scary as hell to fly, but still held air. Done right a glue job will outlast the rest of the kite.
Haha..you have inspired me to fix up my ARS jus for shit and giggles. I will even use the double chivkenloop.


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