I hope that someone on this board can help me with suggestions for a repair. I have a carbon fiber wing that I have damaged through multiple impacts on the sand bar here at Souris, PEI, Canada. Essentially what has occurred is that a several inch long crack has opened up on the front of the leading wing; it is bigger than a hairline crack.
I have been researching what others have done across multiple forums, and hope that someone here can provide me some recommendations. I have found some possible solutions below, and perhaps one of these is the best, or maybe there is another solution that should be used?
1. Epoxy – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QV ... 5YGI&psc=1
– would this provide structural integrity, given that the crack is on the front of the wing? Looks like an easy solution.
2. Superglue with baking soda – this is a posting from kiteforum: “To repair dents and cracks in airplane propellers to include surfboard dents masts etc, superglue can be used. First fill the dent with superglue, then sprinkle finely ground Sodium Bicarbonate(Baking Soda) on the surface of the glue. The glue instantly hardens 5 times stronger then normal superglue. Next brush off the excess Baking Soda with a brush then file or wet sand. If the void is not filled apply the process again until void has been removed. The process is cheap, fast and effective.”
– Check out this video to see it in practice, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU2qph2vG9Y
– I was thinking that I could fill the crack with glue, clamp the wing to squeeze the crack tight and then coat with baking soda.
3. Ground carbon with epoxy
4. Carbon mat with epoxy
5. Carbon tape and epoxy (https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-sys ... ecordNum=1
6. Fiberglass mat with epoxy
Thanks for your help and expertise!