how to repair a rip / torn part of the kite

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Hello,

I have managed to rip an inch or two from my kite. How can i repair that using whatever is in the original bag that i bought it in?

The rip is on the kite sail, not on the leading edge.

The “stickers” included in the bag are of the same material that the kite has on the leading edge. Should i use those?

Thanks in advance


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Hi kanenas3,
welcome to the crew! Pity you ripped the kite, but 2” is definitely patcheable with the stuff (15x15cm square stuff in colors) from the kite bag. Cut with rounded corners. Just keep an offset of about 15mm around the rip, and most importantly, patch on both sides. Like a sandwich ya know!
good luck,
Rudo

owh yeah don’t forget to clean the patch area, I use denaturated alcohol


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Thanks for the reply El Rudo!
i have tried that and worked since the damage was small.
What happens if the damage is more than 20cm or so? Repair at a kite-shop?
Thanks


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yes


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Hi.. Thanks for this advice really working. I feel we have remember first the items that are in our repair kit..It mut include a masking tape and a roll of repair tape(nylon or Dacron) scissors.

Please also follow few instructions for repair tape to better repair the rip part of a kite.

Repair tape: Do’s and Dont’s
Use nylon or Dacron (polyester) repair tapes only.
Do not use any glue, glue-on patches, epoxies, etc.
These fixes are semi-rigid and when they flex and crack, they often tear the fabric.
Do not use permanent tapes.
You get one chance to do it right, and a professional repair will cost more because your fix will have to be cut out.
Do not use duct-type tapes that leave and leak residue.
Residue will pick up sand and work as sandpaper on the rest of your kite. Professional repairs will cost more because the adhesive needs to be removed before fixing.
Do not use tapes that aren’t cloth.
Non-cloth tapes react differently than cloth when exposed to the elements. Often a non-cloth tape will shrink, leaving you with a fix that affects the kite’s performance.

Hope this helps too..

Thanks & Regards
Beaulah Carlucci

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Ohw.. I guess my question is already answered here..
Thanks.. I’ll do it


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That’s right. You better use Nylon and Needle. You sew it.

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