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Author Topic: BMK Mantis repair input needed  (Read 1129 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2014, 04:55 PM »

I finished the repair on the Mantis!

I'll walk through the steps I did.

First I closed the rip with tape lining up the 2 ripped edges as close as possible. 

I then ran a bead of CA glue down the rip

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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2014, 05:00 PM »

Once dried I removed that tape and layed the kite on a metal board and removed all wrinkles with clamps and magnets. 



I then applied tape to the front (which might not have been necessary) but it allowed me to see any wrinkles and remove them





You can really see the wrinkles in the second picture and I was able to get them smoothed out easily.

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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2014, 05:04 PM »

I then measured out a wide patch of adhesive mylar I got at a local sail loft.  One really good tip the guy told me was to round out the edges of the mylar to help prevent them from creating additional holes



I weighed the mylar with the backing as well as the backing once pealed off to figure the weight it was going to add to the kite





I applied this to the back of the kite
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« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2014, 05:07 PM »


Here You see the mylar in the back.

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« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2014, 05:09 PM »

I felt it was important to try and preserve the appearance of the BMK.  I do like the diamond patch around the center T.  This is why I decided not to apply a large dacron patch in the front

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« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2014, 05:12 PM »

Heres the final result. The pics came out dark even with the flash I'll try to post better ones when the lighting is better







It seems to hold well If there is a problem I might stitch the mylar in place

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« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2014, 05:38 PM »

Nicely done. let us know how it holds up. I do have a few moore suggestions though based on my experience with that mylar your using.  Get some red thread as close to the panel color as you can as well as some black and sew the edges and sew over the spine seam.  That mylars adhesive has given up on me many times when used in areas that get flexed a lot and that area of the spine does.  Not always let loose and come off but it has slipped position.  IF it was my kite (again Tongue ) I would sew it so I know its a worry free repair.
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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2014, 07:01 PM »

Nice job.  Looks like a Mantis  Smiley  With the size of the patch you should have no issues assuming good adhesive on the Mylar.
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