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

Postby DariKite » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:07 am

What to pack for a decent repair kit for trips? Will be going to Costa Rica soon and I've never repaired kites but I want to be prepared in case I can't get a professional repair.

A guy I know who repairs kites told me that it's useless to carry glue and other stuff because I don't have a heat gun and that's how proper repairs are done. I still want to carry glue (will use a hair dryer if needed), sail tape, dacron tape but I don't know exactly what types of glue and tape I should buy. He told me that if I use the wrong type of glue it could ruin it. I also heard if a bladder punctures I will need a piece of the same type of bladder to repair it.

Are there any threads or sites where they show how to make professional repairs.

Any advice? I'm trying to make a comprehensive list for basic stuff and buy these online.

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

Postby knotwindy » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:14 am

Dr Tuba & Airtime sell kits from basic to complete. Even if you don’t buy one from them, it will show you what you need to get started. Also, I’ve done lots of repairs on bladders and canopy’s and never used a heat gun and works fine for vacation repairs without it. Leading edges are another issue, need a sewing machine.

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

Postby marlboroughman » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:19 am

Basically you want to make a temporary repair and not to make it difficult for someone who will be fixing it later. For the canopy repair bring some 3M clear packing tape. For the LE Dacron you will have to use dacron tape. When you get back remove all the tapes immediately so the glue doesn't transfer and make a mess.
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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

Postby windmaker » Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:15 am

marlboroughman wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:19 am
Basically you want to make a temporary repair and not to make it difficult for someone who will be fixing it later. For the canopy repair bring some 3M clear packing tape. For the LE Dacron you will have to use dacron tape. When you get back remove all the tapes immediately so the glue doesn't transfer and make a mess.
:thumb: :thumb: Nothing in a repair kit that you can't find in a good DIY store for a fraction of the price. Glues must certainly be avoided , they are messy and greatly devalue the kite.

Had a kite split in 2 (canopy) during a holiday, used duct tape to repair it and it worked perfectly. It didn't look nice but was easily removed on my return home to be properly repaired by the sailmaker.
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Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!

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

Postby Gigi;) » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:20 am

Kite repair kit:
https://drtuba.eu/products/kite-repair-kit

Possibly spare valves are always good to have:
https://drtuba.eu/bladders-valves/stick ... ite-valves
https://drtuba.eu/products/unipump-valve-system

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DariKite wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:07 am
What to pack for a decent repair kit for trips? Will be going to Costa Rica soon and I've never repaired kites but I want to be prepared in case I can't get a professional repair.

A guy I know who repairs kites told me that it's useless to carry glue and other stuff because I don't have a heat gun and that's how proper repairs are done. I still want to carry glue (will use a hair dryer if needed), sail tape, dacron tape but I don't know exactly what types of glue and tape I should buy. He told me that if I use the wrong type of glue it could ruin it. I also heard if a bladder punctures I will need a piece of the same type of bladder to repair it.

Are there any threads or sites where they show how to make professional repairs.

Any advice? I'm trying to make a comprehensive list for basic stuff and buy these online.


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