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Washing kites...

Postby Wetstuff » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:34 pm

It is not something I do every session but at least once a season. We are in a tidal area where rotting seaweed makes lots of tannin, along with mud, making for dirty kites. In this case, I just got a great kite from a young lady out in CA. It's a F-One Rival 12M and not only came a little dusty ..but all new-to-me kites need a serious inspection.

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There is only one real good way to get an even spread of soap on your kite: a Foam Gun. It premixes the detergent with air and makes something you want to run and slide on or find a lady to wrestle with.

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The detergent is mas importante. I use a combo of commercial car washing soap and a high Ph mildew and stain remover. Afterwards, I usually spray the kite with 303 Protectant or some sort of water proofing. I learned about the water proofer after putting a PL flying pillow in the water a couple of times.

Not only does a clean kite look better in the sky - it gets all crispy again. N-I-C-E.

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You know about dry, eh? Roll up a saltwater-wet kite and leave it for a year, no real problems...but rinse a kite with fresh water: make damn sure you let it dry. These are cheap plastic clamps with nice protective tips.

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Postby kitefrog » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:02 pm

Pointless, a waste of time, you only do it as a beginner.

Better idea, instead of letting your kite flap on the beach
when not in use, let down the leading edge and roll it up!

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Postby abel » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:34 pm

It took me once to get the point. It was during the rainy seasson and the kite couldn't dry well.

I definitely prefer a dirty looking kite than a terribly stinki'n one in the car (or house) till the next session (in 1, 2... 4 weeks after) and the next... and the next.

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Re: Washing kites...

Postby Tom183 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:24 pm

Wetstuff wrote:Roll up a saltwater-wet kite and leave it for a year, no real problems...but rinse a kite with fresh water: make damn sure you let it dry.
Important safety tip. :thumb:

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Postby whenthewindblows » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:59 pm

Why is it okay to leave a salt water-soaked kite for a few weeks, than one rinsed in fresh water and packed away not completely dry?

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Postby Wetstuff » Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:36 pm

WTWB: Don't know exactly? I've left them in a shipping container outback - over Winter - struts inflated, wet .. to no ill effect.

Similar rule - a very old one in the boat business: never buy a wooden boat moored in the Great Lakes. Maybe the same reason you salted meat in Roman times?

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Postby paulie » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:36 pm

Fresh water can cause mildew to form and can rot the kite. Salt water does not...

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Postby spork » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:37 pm

whenthewindblows wrote:Why is it okay to leave a salt water-soaked kite for a few weeks, than one rinsed in fresh water and packed away not completely dry?
A kite that's wet with freshwater will mildew. Saltwater won't.


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