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

Postby nafets » Fri May 31, 2019 4:05 pm

Hi Guys,


The LE Bladder on my kite burst and now I have a hole (not huge, but there is at least 5cm tear) on the bladder. What kind of material would you suggest to use, so that I can repair the bladder?


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

Postby JaZone » Fri May 31, 2019 4:17 pm

Type A , Tear aid tape.
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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby Gigi;) » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:53 am

If the tear is straight you will need this:

https://drtuba.eu/product/ultra-repair-patch

If tear is bigger or L shaped it's better to use this:

https://drtuba.eu/product/ultra-repair- ... -30-x-15cm

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Hi Guys,


The LE Bladder on my kite burst and now I have a hole (not huge, but there is at least 5cm tear) on the bladder. What kind of material would you suggest to use, so that I can repair the bladder?


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

Postby nafets » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:37 pm

Gigi;) wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:53 am
If the tear is straight you will need this:

https://drtuba.eu/product/ultra-repair-patch

If tear is bigger or L shaped it's better to use this:

https://drtuba.eu/product/ultra-repair- ... -30-x-15cm

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nafets wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 4:05 pm
Hi Guys,


The LE Bladder on my kite burst and now I have a hole (not huge, but there is at least 5cm tear) on the bladder. What kind of material would you suggest to use, so that I can repair the bladder?


Thanks
Thanks a ton!

I'll get the larger and have spare just in case :)

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

Postby dboltenko » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:43 pm

HI guys,

I got huge hole on a rocks, LE bladder 10''*3'' - 25cm*8cm. Did anyone repair something like this? Does it make sense to repair it? Or is it better just buy a new bladder?

Here are some pics https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dUp3s ... YX8ZOOKltN

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

Postby GregK » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:41 am

Hard to tell for sure from your photos - damaged bladders are notoriously difficult to photograph , they either reflect light from the camera's flash or they are transparent.

If the damage is less than 10 cm in width, and at least 1 cm from the bladder's edge seam, then it can be patched with TearAid. If the damage is too wide or close to an edge seam, then it is possible to have a patch of new bladder film welded in place at a professional kite repair facility that can weld bladders. Not too many can weld bladders, but there are a few.

It looks like the a portion of the damage is along a bladder edge seam. If so, that section needs to be re-welded, TearAid patching along an edge seam is rarely successful.

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

Postby bragnouff » Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:49 am

Hi, if a Leading Edge bladder is cleanly cut in half, what would be the best way to put the two halves together?
Would it be possible to insert one half into the other one, with maybe 5cm overlap and glue it? If so, I'd imagine the glueing process would be in 4 stages, glue inside bottom half, turn around glue other inside part. That overlap would provide strength. Then eventually glue on the outside over the joint, one side at a time, for airtightness. And possibly a touch up job here and there.

Before I stink up my house for 48hrs, does it have a chance of success?

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

Postby sarc » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:00 am

I found that Gorilla tape (the black one) sticks extremely well to my kite leading edge (Dacron). I used it to cover some minor (aesthetic) scuffs and to add some extra protection from beach coral etc. It also stuck very well to my harness where I had some small rips and scuffs. I clean and dry very well, use a lot of pressure (back of a spoon) and a bit of heat (hairdryer) when applying. Almost 1 year on use and still going strong. I'm sure it's not as strong as Tear-aid and I have not used it for any structural repairs, but it's cheap and something to consider for cosmetic or adding extra protection.


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