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How To Check & Fix the tears on your kite.

Postby Dimitri M » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:49 am

This video is part of the "HOW TO" series from EPICKITES.COM
So pay attention to this video in order to prevent your kite from ripping.

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Re: HOW TO CHECK & FIX the tears on your kite.

Postby jeromeL » Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:06 am

For small pinhole I use ripstock repair tape everything else I send my kite to a local repair shop in New York.

http://precisionkiterepair.com/

They have pretty much helped out everyone in the area and done a great job from what I have seen for my kites and other locals.

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Re: HOW TO CHECK & FIX the tears on your kite.

Postby Dimitri M » Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:14 am

For small pinhole I use ripstock repair tape everything else I send my kite to a local repair shop in New York.
http://precisionkiterepair.com/
They have pretty much helped out everyone in the area and done a great job from what I have seen for my kites and other locals.


Yes you can always send your kites to any kite repair shop.
We use AIRTIME for all our repairs. But again it's all up to you especially if you are on a trip in a remote place.

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Re: HOW TO CHECK & FIX the tears on your kite.

Postby foilholio » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:30 am

Nice video. Good simple advice. I use e6000 to glue fabric on small cuts.

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Re: HOW TO CHECK & FIX the tears on your kite.

Postby Bletti » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:55 am

If you are using sail tape, should you put it on both sides of a tear or just the inside? I had a surfboard get picked up from the wind and flip over my kite causing a 6 inch by 6 inch L shaped rip on the canopy near the side strut. Would that be too large to use sail tape or should I get it properly repaired?

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Re: HOW TO CHECK & FIX the tears on your kite.

Postby Dimitri M » Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:12 am

If you are using sail tape, should you put it on both sides of a tear or just the inside? I had a surfboard get picked up from the wind and flip over my kite causing a 6 inch by 6 inch L shaped rip on the canopy near the side strut. Would that be too large to use sail tape or should I get it properly repaired?

Yes the best way will be to put on both side of the canopy but again like I said on the video towards the end, it all depends of the tear you have.
And also make sure if you are going to use one patch, put it on the inside of the kite so people won't see it. Because if you put it on top of the kite, you will be able to see it.

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Re: How To Check & Fix the tears on your kite.

Postby airtimekite » Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:23 pm

Nice video, Dimitri.

We fix thousands of kites every year in our South Florida and Oregon repair centers. It's true, if you take a few cautionary steps you can avoid catastrophic kite failure and more time on the water.

If you want to learn even more, click on over to this article we put together about the damage caused to you kite by UV, abrasion, flapping, and heat.

http://kiterepair.tumblr.com/post/12495 ... for-repair

Feel free to ask for our professional opinion even if you don't send your kite in. Fill out a repair ticket at this link and we'll let you know if you can repair the damage yourself or need to have professional help.

http://www.airtimekite.com/index.php/re ... quote.html


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