For all canopy repairs we first clean the riped area with a special kite cleaning agent and once dryed we reinforce the front and back of the rip/tear with a self-adhesive patch (Material colours are limited and we do our best to match colours) whilst keeping the repair as close to each part as we are possibly able to while making sure we don't adjust the shape or size of the kites canopy area.
We then stitch around and across the new repair patch with a zigzag stitch to guarantee a strong hold under pressure from the wind while flying. After we have completed the stitching we then proceed to slowly inflate the leading edge to make sure the canopy has not been altered we check over the new patch and stitching to make sure all material is lined up and the stitching is holding.
Kite / Bar Line Repair Or Replacment
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Kite Bladder / Valve Repairs
For all Leading edge or strut bladder repairs, we first off all pump up the kite to locate were the hole is located if it has not given us a big clue on where it is buy also ripping the leading edge or strut material as well. Once located we proceed to remove the bladder out of the leading edge or strut.
We then look to see how much stretched materiel there is and whether or not we have to cut out the stretched bladder material which we always cut it out in a square shape. Once this is done we then open up one end of the leading edge / strut bladder and fold it in side out.We then place a new oversized adhesive bladder patch on the inside of the bladder and we then fold the bladder back in the correct way and then place another oversized adhesive bladder patch on the out side of the bladder.Once this is done we then run a line of glue sealant around the edge of the out side bladder patch to give extra hold and to stop the bladder patch peeling off in side the casing if the bladder moves while flying in the air.A valve replacement we only use one trusted brand and that’s the Kitefix brand, we have tried many different self-adhesive stick on valves but non seam to stick as well as Kitefix.We first of all remove the leading edge bladder or strut bladder from its casing.We use our very own system of getting your old valve removed from the bladder (our system is a trade secret and only we know how it works), once we have marked in 3 places on the bladder and also on the new valve to be able to line it up in the correct place, we proceed to remove your old valve off the bladder.Once the old valve is removed we clean the area and give the area a light sand just to make the surface ruff and a better sticking surface for when we place the new valve on, we then press with pressure around the valve to make sure there are no air bubbles trapped between both surfaces.After letting it cure for a few hours we then proceed with a pump test and leave the kite pumped up overnight to make sure there is no air leaking from the new valve.Valves we have in stock:* Standard Inflate Valve 9mm * Standard Deflate Valve 11mm* One Pump System Valve’s (Core, Slingshot, Airush, F-One, Naish Octopus-Male/Female, North Lazy pump, Ozone, RRD,Cabrinha and meny more.
Kite Leading edge / Strut Repairs
For all leading edge repairs we first remove the leading edge bladder and then unpick the stitching and open the leading edge, we then reinforce the front and back of the rip/tear with a self-adhesive patch (Material colours are limited Black or White) whilst keeping the repair as close to each part as we are possibly able to while making sure we do not adjusting the shape or size of the leading edge.
We then stitch around and across the new repair patch with a zigzag stitch and then re-tape seal and re-stitch twice over the leading edge to guarantee a strong hold under pressure.
After we have completed the stitching side of the repair we then replace the leading edge bladder back in to the leading edge, We then proceed to slowly inflate the leading edge and make sure the bladder and valves are properly in place and no twists or valve pulling.
When the bladder if fully inflated to a max pressure of 9 psi, we check over the new patch and stitching to make sure all material is lined up and the stitching is holding, we then proceed to leave the kite inflated overnight in our work shop, we check the kite every hour to make sure repair still holding and also stitching.
Leaving the kite inflated over night with the strut valves locked off also gives us the indication in the morning on if there are any bladder leaks or valve leaks that will need looking at.
For all Strut repairs we follow along the same lines as the leading edge repair except for we have to unstitch the strut from the canopy to be able to fold the strut material out flat to place the new repair tape on the inside and out.
We the proceed with the stitching around and across the new repair tape, re-tape seal the strut back together and stitch the strut back together and then stitch the strut back to the canopy.
Then we proceed with the pump test.
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