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Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby jorg » Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:11 pm

When I was wrapping the kite I didn't realize I was bleeding and got some drops on the kite. The kite got some smears here and there. What would be the best approach to get rid of those stains w/o damaging the outer coat? any experience?
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Re: Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby JakeFarley » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:05 pm

I would just use cold water (no detergents). That usually gets blood out of clothing. May have to keep it wet for awhile if it is dried.

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Re: Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby Toby » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:35 pm

I also have blood on my kite.

I leave it on there in case of theft.

Then I can easily proof it is mine.

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Re: Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby Trent hink » Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:33 pm

I also have a kite that is spattered with blood. I suppose Oxy-Clean would get it out, but i leave it on there.... as a reminder to take care and not be an idiot.

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Re: Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby Trent hink » Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:45 pm

How did you do it, Toby?

Me, I was wrapping up my 6.5 LF Solo after a nice twin-tip session. I set the board on top of the kite to hold it down, and then started wrapping up the lines without unhooking or disconnecting the safety...

Halfway through, a gust of wind came and blew the board off the kite. Kite started looping and when i threw the bar away it just swept me off my feet. I ended up grabbing the lines to get the kite down, but the lines cut my hand pretty bad.

All of that could have been easily avoided with a bit of common sense... Weight the kite down appropriately... Disconnect completely before wrapping up....
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Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:35 pm
I also have blood on my kite.

I leave it on there in case of theft.

Then I can easily proof it is mine.

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Re: Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby Toby » Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:18 pm

I tried a trick and wanted to grab the board on the rail...but the board had a damage there and a part was very sharp...

Back to shore bleeding like hell, wrapped a small towel around but still some blood made it’s way onto my kite when packing up.

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Re: Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby jorg » Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:45 pm

Trent hink wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:33 pm
I also have a kite that is spattered with blood. I suppose Oxy-Clean would get it out, but i leave it on there.... as a reminder to take care and not be an idiot.
not sure laundry detergent would save the coating.
has anyone tried this kind of product?

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Re: Cleaning Foil Kite - Flysurfer

Postby OzBungy » Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:13 am

Most paraglider manufacturers recommend clean cold water and soap. I use a liquid hand soap for washing stuff delicate stuff. Anything you would put on your face should be gentle enough.

You're only going to be able wash off stuff siting on the surface. Anything that has soaked in is there forever.

If it was me I would make a little lather in my hand, or with a cloth, then dab it on the stain and leave it for a few minutes to soften the dirt. Then gently dab it off with a clean cloth and fresh water. You can give a gentle rub, but you don't want to abrade the fabric. Hold a towel or cloth on the back side of the fabric so you're not rubbing against the ground or anything harsh.

I wouldn't worry too much about rubbing off the coatings during cleaning. Hopefully this is a one off and you're going to be very gentle. You're going to do far more damage to your foil kite every time you launch or land it on the sand or crash it into the water. Even packing it into a bag will do more damage than the occasional clean.


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