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Repairing Tears and Rips

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Repairing Tears and Rips

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

– Scissors

– Alcohol Wipe

– Canopy Tape

STEP 1 – PREPARE THE KITE

– Make sure the kite is clean and dry.

– Trim any loose threads around the damaged area.

– Wipe the damaged area thoroughly with an alcohol wipe.

– Let the alcohol completely dry before applying a patch.

PROPER PREPARATION OF THE DAMAGED AREA BEFORE PROCEEDING IS IMPORTANT – OTHERWISE THE REPAIR WILL NOT HOLD.

STEP 2 – CUT CANOPY TAPE?TO SIZE

– 2 patches are required (one for each side) at least 2 cm bigger around all edges of the rip.

– Cut a piece of canopy tape from the roll about twice the length of the required patch.

– Fold the piece of tape in half, and?round the corners. ?Unfold the tape, and trim it in half along the fold line.

STEP 3 – APPLY THE PATCHES

– Remove the backing from one of the patches, and apply it starting from one end squeezing out any air-bubbles as you go.
As you apply the patch, make sure any of the kite design or directional lines on the canopy match up.
(and if it is a big or messy rip it can be a good idea to tack the canopy together using masking or cello-tape on the other side first, just remember to remove all of the tacking before the second patch is applied).

– Press firmly on the patch, from the middle out to the edges of the patch.

– Remove the backing from the other patch, and line it up with the patch on the other side of the kite.
(holding the canopy up to a light or against the sun can help to match the edges of the patches exactly)

– Press firmly on the patch, from the middle out to the edges of the patch.

– Apply some heat to the patches by gently rubbing your palms together over both sides of the patch.
Be careful not to rub too hard as this can lift the edges of the repair and the patch will come off
(this is also a good test to see if you have prepared and applied the patch properly).

The adhesive on the patch allows the kite to be used straight away, but?if possible allow the patch to bond completely in a dry environment for approx 24 hrs before using.