Jelle_vw wrote: ↑
Sun May 24, 2020 10:50 am
So I went to my local shop but new stitching would be more then they indicated, 65 euro.
And they found another worn spot on my LE Dacron and advised to stitch a reinforcement on that also for another 65 euro.
I decide that 130 euro is to much for an old kite that probably needs another repair next year.
So I'm back to the Tear Aid type A patch.
I required a piece of Tear Aid type A but find it very stretchy.
Should I not use something more rigid/stiff for additional strength and support of the LE?
I feel like the Tear Aid type A will give in to much allowing the stitching to rip open the Dacron further.
Is that the worst of the "combing" as it is known in the industry? If it is just leave it alone you will not have any issue.
Definitely do not put any glues directly onto the dacron, this will make it impossible to repair your kite and will not add much strength if any. Do not use Tear aid it is not designed for that application. If you can reach that seam area through the bladder access zipper you could put a piece of stickyback dacron cloth over the area but I do not think it is worth the effort. There is already a layer of stickback dacron on the inside which Ozone applied when they built the kite. Ozone has since modified the leading edge seam so that stickback dacron is applied to both sides, on the inside, before the leading edge is sewn closed. The combing on your kite though is already on the side that has the stickyback dacron (also known as insignia tape). Ozone has also since changed from using Dimension Polyant dacron, to Teijin dacron, they did this because the DP dacron softened too much, but also due to Teijin developing better dacron specifically for kites.
Combing occurs on all kite to some degree, its a natural part of sewing a bladder from super low stetch materials and then inflating it to a fair amount of pressure and also the natural forces that occur on a leading edge tube, which is that it twists when the kite is turned hard or relaunched, but also from shock loads when the kite is crashed.
If you apply any sort of glue and patches to the outside of the LE you will have destroyed your kite from the perspective of getting a repair done in that area for any reason as the glue will prevent a repairer from unpicking the threads and getting the leading opened so that a proper repair could be done.
I'm the Ozone importer in Australia and have been servicing and repairing inflatable kites for 22 years.