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« on: October 17, 2013, 11:01 PM »

On my Widow NG, I initially noticed the little pad protecting the sail from the upper spreader looked a little high, but thought it was close enough.  After flying tonight I caught this hole that it had worn through the sail.  I'll need to put more of a pad lower to cover this part of the sail, but I'm curious if I should put tape over the hole, then some padding over that?  Or just some padding material over the hole?

Thanks for any insight!



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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2013, 11:07 PM »

Moonie tape is what you will need. It is clear and pretty tough. If you have a local kite shop, you should try there first. Steve used to carry it, but I am not sure where you can get it online now.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2013, 05:48 AM »

I'd just put a larger or extended pad over the pin hole and call it a day. Putting tape under the pad should not be needed.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2013, 06:17 AM »

I'd just put a larger or extended pad over the pin hole and call it a day. Putting tape under the pad should not be needed.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013, 07:17 AM »

I'd just put a larger or extended pad over the pin hole and call it a day. Putting tape under the pad should not be needed.

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2013, 08:16 AM »

You shouldn't need a larger patch if the spreader is in the right place. If the spreader is is right, then moving the patch down into the right position is the way to go.

Generally the stock position of the rub patch is a good indicator of the proper position of the spreader, but I've seen many kites with inexplicably misplaced patches from the factory. If the LE connectors have solid factory stops that haven't moved, then it's likely the spreader is in the right place but the patch is not. More likely, the stoppers have come loose and the spreader has shifted downwards.

So, make sure the spreader is positioned properly. Not just for sail wear issues. The upper spreader position can effect both flight and trick characteristics a LOT. The other reason some folks end up moving the rub patch is because they intentionally change the spreader, but that doesn't sound like the case here.

If properly positioning the spreader means you don't need to move the patch, then Tedlar or Moonie tape or CA glue should be used to keep that hole from getting bigger. For a small hole like that, I'd use the CA glue method (search for it here) but a bit of tape on the back or front of the sail would be quick and easy.

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2013, 10:19 AM »

Most sewing supply/hobby/crafts stores and many dollar stores sell stick-on Velcro patches.
Use the fuzzy patch, not the one with hooks.
You can buy a pack and put a bigger one over the hole.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2013, 11:28 AM »

Thanks all.  A velcro patch I shall get.

Generally the stock position of the rub patch is a good indicator of the proper position of the spreader, but I've seen many kites with inexplicably misplaced patches from the factory. If the LE connectors have solid factory stops that haven't moved, then it's likely the spreader is in the right place but the patch is not. More likely, the stoppers have come loose and the spreader has shifted downwards.

So, make sure the spreader is positioned properly. Not just for sail wear issues. The upper spreader position can effect both flight and trick characteristics a LOT. The other reason some folks end up moving the rub patch is because they intentionally change the spreader, but that doesn't sound like the case here.

The LE connectors are aligned with the marks on the LE, so unless those too are off, I'd assume the patch was just improperly placed.  Thanks for the info.
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2013, 10:11 AM »

You shouldn't need a larger patch if the spreader is in the right place. If the spreader is is right, then moving the patch down into the right position is the way to go.
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