+1 Also, if it's a large rip a good sail shop can replace a whole panel for $50.marlboroughman wrote:I got another kite for repair that was repaired with glue and screen. Guys don't do it. It is the worst thing to work on afterword. It will not hold the leading edge. It will stick to your bladder. The canopy can not be sewn after. It's a bloody mess. If you do your kite is worth 0 $ for sure. Put some ripstop tape on the canopy or dacron tape on leading edge which can be sewed after. That's it.
marlboroughman wrote:Panel replacement is not the best option in most cases. The ripstop is stretched from inside out and forms a shape. When you replace a panel using new ripstop it will also stretch but now it will be stretched more than original and become baggy. Using ripstop tape is the best option in my opinion. It requires a top sewing machine though. I wish they made Taijin Ripstop Tape in original thickness using 3M adhesive that would be the absolute best.
Panel replacement will all ways change the way a kite flies. The sail stretches from use. If you replace a panel then you have pre-stretched fabric from use and a panel that is cut too match the all ready stretched fabric. In the end you will have a panel that will stretch more because it was too big to begin with.William Munney wrote:Gigi;) wrote:I'd sure advise to go and fix the kite @ pro's especially bigger tear, but sometimes you simply dont have another option to glue the kite together. Glued kite, if done correctly, will withstand a lot of crashing. And with good machine you can sew over the glue.
(I've actually kite with this kite several times thru a great 2 weeks staying on Sardinia, in some strong winds 20+kts)
We are using lighter ripstop tapes where possible on both sides of the kite, plus sewed sealed, we found it better than only one layer of heavier ripstop, but we stock virtually all colors of LL175 (dacron) and teijin T9600 (canopy) fabrics for doing panel replacing or for more demanding customers.
What is your opinion on panel replacement?
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