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Help - Bladder repair Glue?

Postby pikey » Sun Jun 08, 2003 4:03 pm

Can anyone help?
I managed to put an 18inch tear in the main bladder of my 16.4 airblast.
Using a normal rubber glue seems to shrink the material making it difficult to attach a patch ( cut from an old bladder ).
Does anyone know what glue is best?
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Postby kitesurfbali » Sun Jun 08, 2003 5:07 pm

Hello there,
I use clear Pattex, it works better then the stuff they give to you with the kite.
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Postby pikey » Mon Jun 09, 2003 7:54 am

Thanks Jankie,
I will try and get my hands on some today.
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Postby pikey » Mon Jun 09, 2003 10:22 am

Ah Well,
Anyone got an idea what this stuff might trade under in the uk? No luck at the local hardware store.
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Postby JayEl » Mon Jun 09, 2003 10:30 am

Pattex clear glue also makes the bladder material shrink.
I think that for such a long tear, you will have a problem to glue it in 1 time. Maybe it is better to glue first every 1-2 inch a small joint that holds the tear together. When these are dru, you can then glue the tear. This will avoid that the glue tears the tear open, which makes it very hard to put the pieces together.

I had a 2 inch tear in a bladder, and I already had a hard time to glue it, so I think it is better to first glue every inch the tear together.

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Postby kitepimp » Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:03 pm

for an 18 inch tear you need to cut the baldder open carefully at the seam. The form the inside glue the new baldder material over the hole / torn portion. Once this dies you can reseal the seam using a heat source. I have heard foodsaver bag sealers work best - but I could not locate one so I used by wife's hair straightening iron to reseal. I had to keep unpluging it to keep the heat just right - certainly helps if you have some extra bladder material to practice on to get your technique down as you could easily waste the whole baldder.

This worked great. I also applied a seam of glue - Coleman tent seam sealer along the resealed portion just for good measure.

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Postby pikey » Mon Jun 09, 2003 8:53 pm

Kitepimp,
Thanks for the advice - sounds good, I'll give it a try, don't have anything to lose!
Cheers,
Pikey


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