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 Post subject: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:06 am 
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Hi guys,

I've got some fabric samples mainly used for a paragliding industry. Now, this stuff differs hugely from the kite surfing fabric.
It is ultra fine, like a silk and way more light, talking 30g per square meters for a ripstop. I guess ripstop is a bit heavier than canopy.
The squares are about 3x3 mm unlike the kite one which are larger.

Now, question is, would this fabric be suitable for a kite? Or put it this way, is it the foil kite fabric suitable for a non foil kites?

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D.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:53 pm 
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For inflatable kites look for 1.5 oz. ripstop. What you are looking at is probably 3/4 oz. ripstop, that's what we use as tapes to put on both sides of a canopy.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:26 am 
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Hi D.
i think you got some samples of cloth like this: http://www.extremtextil.de/catalog/Ripstop-Nylon-f-paraglider-PU-coated-37g-sqm-2nd-choice::483.html?language=en
This is a nylon cloth while for tube kites usually polyester cloth is used. Nylon stretches a little more, especially when wet but it is more durable than polyester. You will find many information on the internet about the difference between polyester and nylon spinnaker.
I use the nylon cloth for my big low wind kites (>15qm) and it is fine. The kites may be a little "softer" since the cloth stretches a bit more than polyester but i never compared the same kites with different cloth. Make sure you always at least double the cloth on every seam http://www.wingworks.de/kite-selber-bauen/bauanleitung-tube-kite/#sail
For your first diy-kites you will hardly notice any difference.

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:19 am 
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Thanks guys

marlboroughman you might be right, not sure what do you mean as tapes? Are u using double a side tape?

Cheers PT, yes this fabric looks the same. Hey, you are doing an awesome job! Thanks for the link.
Maybe someone can put some effort in english translation? I can help with that!

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:21 am 
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By tapes I mean adhesive repair tapes are made of 3/4 oz. ripstop.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
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PT how do you go about making your own bridles?


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:43 am 
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marlboroughman wrote:
By tapes I mean adhesive repair tapes are made of 3/4 oz. ripstop.


Interesting. We have here (I think) only dacron tapes which are really heavy. Dare to share a shop link?

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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:26 pm 
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Check this link they have spinnaker tape or kite tape same thing different widths.
http://www.admiralpsp.co.uk/psp/products/sail-repair-tapes.html


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
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Can anyone recommend a glue for gluing the seems of kite. It looks like production kites use glue as well as stitching to join different fabrics together.


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 Post subject: Re: Kite Builders - canopy fabric options?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:29 pm 
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they use double sided adhesive tapes.
something from here?

http://www.extremtextil.de/catalog/Sewi ... 38_73.html


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