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 Post subject: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:16 pm 
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My kites now have soft cracks all over them, primarily the trailing edge. Is there a spray that can help remedy this? When looking at kite material it obviously has some sort of PU coating on it, just wondered if you could buy this in spray can form? Anyone know? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:11 pm 
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Sounds like normal wear to me.

Keep an eye on the overall general condition of the kite and sell it 2 weeks before it tears apart. Then you have gotten your moneys worth out of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:06 am 
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Let me guess, cabrinha?


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:04 am 
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It's cosmetic. It has no effect on performance or longevity. Forget about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:13 am 
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NYKiter wrote:
Let me guess, cabrinha?

Let ME guess, purple 2010/11 Cabrinha? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:28 pm 
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Kamikuza wrote:
NYKiter wrote:
Let me guess, cabrinha?

Let ME guess, purple 2010/11 Cabrinha? :D


wow, thats an even better guess! :rollgrin:


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:16 am 
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Try some of this stuff on it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XB ... automotive


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:04 pm 
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rtz wrote:
Try some of this stuff on it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XB ... automotive


Thanks for this. Have you managed to use this successfully on your kites?


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:22 am 
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I personally don't put anything on my kites. That 303 stuff is going to be like putting Armor All or STP on. It's just the best of the 3.


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 Post subject: Re: Soft Cracks
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:54 pm 
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rtz wrote:
I personally don't put anything on my kites. That 303 stuff is going to be like putting Armor All or STP on. It's just the best of the 3.


I tried 303 successfully on two Cabrinha's kites generations (six kites). I did not notice any side effects, it improved canopies condition in many areas and the soft cracks diminished or disappeared in some cases. Now I switched to a different brand :). I think the product worked well for me but perhaps thin Dacron in such areas would be better instead of workarounds and additional expenses. Furthermore, I do not believe it is a cosmetic issue. Sooner or later it will be an issue (fatigue), specially flying in strong winds, but that is another topic...


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