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    Posted: 09 October 2007 at 10:14pm
I have been told that you can repair a tear in a kite by simply using an adhesive and a patch. Is that true?
Or do i have to repair it the same way that a sail is repaired?
I'm looking to repair a rip in my kite andI was wondering if i could use the same materials as sold by your store.

thanks for your help

Stephan

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Hi Stephan:
 
You may use our 2" ripstop repair tape for repairs.  In the case of a kite, the main objective is to keep it light.
 
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i would see that as working for a small 2-6 inch tear in the middle of the kite, but what about a large tear that goes from the trailing edge up towards the leading edge of a bladder kite? Let's say it was 20 inches long. Would tape be enough?

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I'd still use the tape, but I would secure it with V-30 thread in a zig-zag stitch.  The thread weight would be minimal.
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Does a glue exist that can replace the stitching?
I'm thinking of trying to fix it in the field, no sewing machines nearby. Would a rip stop glue work and what kind would i go for?


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Use the 2" ripstop repair tape (#100089 in white for example) and you can rely on the adhesive alone to hold permanently after a short dwell time.
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Thanks for your helps. One more question, Do you sell Rip stop nylon for repairing kites also? What weight would i use to repair a kite surfing type kite?

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Use 1.5 oz ripstop nylon. It will work perfectly.
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