After following your advice, I did a search on the forum, and hear are some tidbits of information I learned:lawnmower wrote:Have you tried tear-aid? I've repaired huge blowouts nearly 8 inches long with 3 inch wide tear-aid. There is a right and wrong way to use tear-aid. Do a search, I remember seeing good instructions here somewhere.
That's the best source, IMO. For canopy repairs a local sailmaker is the best bet. I had a panel replaced on a 12m and a panel/part of the trailing edge replaced on a 6m, all for $130. They are in my quiver as back up kites now, I was almost ready to toss them.knot_moving wrote:+1 for kitebladder.com
He replaced my LE bladder in my Contra and did a really nice job. Has tons of Cabrinha bladders
Gotcha. Now if I'm getting this right, type A comes in 3 inch wide strips. The area the bladder was damaged in is a nasty stretched out herniated section about 4 inches to a side. The damaged section is really bulged and won't sit flat. If I were to trim this out and make clean sides to it and use a glue product on any wrinkled sections, could I pull the edges in a little bit, being careful to neatly fold any creases, and try to generally make it have enough to grab on to? What glue would be good to fit this purpose?edt wrote:Tear Aid Type A is used for all plastic repair except for Vinyl. Tear Aid type A is made of polyurethane.
Bladders are polyurethane. Use Tear Aid Type A.
...you MUST cut the mangled part out before applying a new patch.
...Cut out the damaged area, place a paper towel inside measure and cut off tear aid type a, use rubbing alcohol to clean, it wont stick if you forget to clean it, make sure when you apply you get no wrinkles.
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