Second day at the Huts in Aruba I drop my 9m Waroo hard relaunch it and see that I have about a two foot tear next to one of the struts. Armando, who runs the local kite shop, tells me that he knows somebody that can sew it but it will probably take a few days. Fortunately I had a piece of A Tape left just long enough to cover the rip and put it on the inside of the kite. On the outside I applied some Bondex which is a nylon self adhesive repair material . I kited every day for the next the weeks in Aruba with the repaired kite and it held up great. Based on my experience I would say that A Tape can save the day not to mention a vacation where professional repairs are may not be possible. You can get Tear-Aid A Tape at Cabellas for 20$ for a five foot roll which is 3 inches wide. Its expensive but in my opinion well worth the money.Think of it as kite insurance.
Between Tear Aid and Kitefix, there would never be any reason to miss any kiting when on holiday due to kite damage. Tear Aid will fix sail rips and is the only thing for bladders that we use these days ( I have not used my welder since we got Tear Aid) https://www.kitepower.com.au/catalog/pr ... t_325.html
Kitefix is a much better, permanent way of repairing a torn kite canopy or leading edge, with no sewing. I recently fixed a school kite that was ripped from LE to TE in a zig zagged line late one Saturday afternoon and was needed the next day. I could not get it sewn in time, but had received my first shipment of Kitefix. 2 hours later the kite was finished and I was still home before dark, the kite has been in use in my school ever since and the repair is holding up like the day I did it. The rip was approx 1.5M long!!! Total cost, retail prices, $44Oz dollars for the entire repair.
schmoe wrote:Steve do you use type A for everything? What is type B for on a kite?
Type "B" is marked as for use on Vinyl. I use some on a bean bag that had a cut in it, still going strong one year later and on my zodiac boat, with a zodiac patch over it, but I'm sure it would be fine without the overpatch of vinyl hyperlon material.
So yeah, for everything on kite bladders I use type A, for sails I use Gluefix.