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North BoUND

Since 30 Nov 2010
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PostWed Nov 02, 11 8:59 am    Kite Repair Reply with quote

What's the best permanent fix for pinholes? I found a cluster of pinholes by my center strut last time I was out and the two fixes I've heard of are self-adhesive dacron(kitefix.com) and sailtape. Is one better than the other or is there a better option than either of those?

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WINDUDE

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PostWed Nov 02, 11 9:11 am     Reply with quote

kite fix worked for me, so did hooked on phonix
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dangler

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PostWed Nov 02, 11 11:44 am    repair Reply with quote

Dacron works, and it doesnt leave the sticky residue when removed like duct tape (in case you get a proper repair later.

Best is spinnaker tape. Same weight as canopy, doesn't make a hard spot like Dacron (much heavier) which can have a bad effect on surrounding material over time.

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toddjb

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PostWed Nov 02, 11 12:47 pm     Reply with quote

Lot of options here for ripstop, dacron and even tear-aid. It's for all kinds of canopy repair. Cheap prices, but they rape you on S&H. So buy a bunch of colors/types at one time or go in with a buddy. Good stuff.
http://www.mojosgear.com/mojos/loft-repairs-c-2_10_38.html

I typically buy the white or black rip stop tape sold by the foot. The white is almost transparent when applied to colors, but the black, of course, can't be beat if you're taping on a black surface. You don't even notice it once you apply them.

I keep some nickel size patches of this with my kites and if I see a pinhole when rigging/derigging I just hit it right then and there. Have been told these pinholes could be weak points on hard wrecks so I attend to them when I see them. One patch on each side of the hole. Doesn't leave thick sticky residue like the tear-aid patches do.

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OG

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PostWed Nov 02, 11 1:15 pm    Re: repair Reply with quote

dangler wrote:
Dacron works, and it doesnt leave the sticky residue when removed like duct tape (in case you get a proper repair later.

Best is . Same weight as canopy, doesn't make a hard spot like Dacron (much heavier) which can have a bad effect on surrounding material over time.


Thx for the info man. Im going to get some spinnaker tape to take to mex with me in case i tear one up.

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Uzzah

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PostFri Jan 25, 19 6:34 am    Repair kit - clear repair tape Reply with quote

Have you seen this product? "fixmytear". I bought this repair tape a few yrs ago and am finding it really helpful in a lot of different surface repairs.
https://www.amazon.com/Fixmytear-Magic-Repair-Tape-33ft/dp/B01MA5HSNC
https://www.amazon.com/fixmytear-Magic-Repair-Tape-Kit/dp/B016M1S1GU

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