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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby NYKiter » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:51 am

careful of ebay purchases of tear aid, the adhesive will fade on some batches.

also, as an fyi E6000 glue does not work on bladders.

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby kiteaid » Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:57 pm

At KITEAID we do not use Tear-Aid as we found this product too hard to manipulate. It tends to stretch and fold on itself when trying to apply it. This can lead to wrinkles/leaks.

Also, our valve sealant works great for repairing small pin holes in bladders or re-attaching de-laminated valves.

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby Claves » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:20 pm

Hi Guys.

Is it possible 2 use smoke in the bladder when looking for holes ???

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby Peert » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:11 pm

Well, never tried this or heard/read a out it, but the smoke should be so dense that even a pinhole would be revealed. Imagine a needle made out of smoke. Would you spot it? And this imaginary needle would fade out very quickly being so thin...

It would work fine for holes with diameters above a centimeter I guess.... :lol:

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby edt » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:59 am

Claves wrote:Hi Guys.

Is it possible 2 use smoke in the bladder when looking for holes ???

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sure why not!

How exactly are you getting smoke into the kite. I assume you dont want to use actual fire to create smoke all it takes is the tiniest of floating ash or ember and POP the bladder is done. So i guess . . . CO2 attached to the intake of your pump? Anyway you do it, sure seems harder than soapy water.

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby Claves » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:02 pm

I was thinking about a smoke machine like the ones u use at the disco

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby Claves » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:04 pm

Peert wrote:Well, never tried this or heard/read a out it, but the smoke should be so dense that even a pinhole would be revealed. Imagine a needle made out of smoke. Would you spot it? And this imaginary needle would fade out very quickly being so thin...

It would work fine for holes with diameters above a centimeter I guess.... :lol:
I dont know, but if the dense of the smoke is heavy then why not. ??

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby kiteaid » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:20 pm

I think the method of rubbing soapy water applied using a 2$ spray bottle is by far the easiest way to find leaks.
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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby eduardo graf » Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:18 pm

A friend of mine asked me to fix his bladder on a Cabrinha Kite. He said the vinil glue is not working as there is a different type of bladder in his leading edge. (board of attack). I took the bladder out and noticed its a different type of plastic, harder and kind of pink... The main air valve disconnected from the bladder and vinil glue is not woorking.... He works as a lifeguard and does not want or have the money to buy new bladders. How can I help, any ideas? Apreciate, thanks!

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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby GregK » Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:18 am

Sounds like your friend has an Airtime Kite ( http://www.airtimekite.com/ ) orange bladder, an after-market replacement bladder made from a composite of two different plastic films that they discontinued a few years back.
Contact Airtime, they may still have some stick-on valves for orange bladders. Regular TearAid and from the sound of it polyurethane glue won't stick to the orange bladders, different plastic.


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