Thought about that as the kite is 10+ years old, but the valves are all good and the kite held air for 2+ hours after I washed it. Figured I would give a try mending it for the experience.
Good tips ^^^^ instead of ironing I like to use a hairblower, make sure not to keep it too close. Also use painting tape to pre set the tear and start with the other side to apply the spinaker tape, remove the painting tape and apply spinaker on that side as well. Make sure to clean with alchohol before applying the tapes.OzBungy wrote: ↑Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:09 amSpinnaker repair tape is best. It's cheap and not too thick. There is no need to sew the tape, the glue is more than strong enough. If the tape goes over a sewn seam then you might like to resew that portion.
I usually clean the torn edges with a little alcohol (methylated spirits) and a cotton ball. Don't be too aggressive, you just want to get any grease or oils off the fabric so the glue will stick.
Apply tape on both sides. I like to tack the tear with ordinary tape so it's easy to apply the spinnaker tape neatly.
You can offset the edges of the tape to avoid a thick edge (that's not so important).
Round the corners of the tape to stop the corners from peeling off.
Once the spinnaker tape is in place I like to "iron" it using a bottle filled with hot water to set the glue. Just roll it back and forth along the tape.
Setting the glue with heat is one of the most important steps that gets skipped too often besides a good alcohol cleaning. You can also use a heat gun or hair dryer and rub the tape in with your fingers if you are careful enough not to melt the cloth.
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