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« on: May 04, 2014, 11:42 PM »

Hello. New to kiting. Just wondering what the best way to store a kite is?  Is it better to fold a kite for storage or is it ok to leave a kite fully sparred and just hanging on the wall?  Is there anything wrong with leaving a kite in its stretched out form? Would it pre-maturely wear out the fabric?
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 05:45 AM »

Modern fabric is not going to stretch enough to make much of a difference so you could leave the kite fully assembled. With that said, most people don't. They usually break the kite down and place it into it's sleeve with the leading edges fully assembled. There is then less chance of the kite being damaged in some way. The kite fabric is more susceptible to fading from UV if it's exposed to the sun all of the time.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 03:37 PM »

Thank you. We have a room in our house that could use some decorating and having open/assembled kites out on display might do the trick.  But good point about UV fading.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2014, 03:49 PM »

The poly fabric used in many high end sport kites doesn't fade much, if at all, but the nylon used in less expensive or older sport kites and in many single line kites can fade in just a few months of UV, like in a room that gets indirect sunlight.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2014, 03:52 PM »

Maybe single line kites just fly their kites more often. :-)
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2014, 05:06 PM »

There was just an original George Peters hata on ebay that must have been hanging on a wall in the sun for over twenty years.... It was so broken down but not flown.... The purple got the worst deterioration on it..... Sad to see...

An old friend of mine picked up a Guildworks 333 in college.... He loved it so much that he decided to hang it assembled in his dorm room..... The 333 is a highly tensioned three dimensional shape made of carrington nylon..... After five months being at the ceiling the rods slipped out.... Unflyable because the skin stretched at least a half inch in every direction......
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2014, 05:39 PM »

If actively flying a well made modern kite, I leave it tensioned, rolled neatly in its sleeve.
Don't like Velcro wraps, why crinkle the sail and spars don't jump out of the bags. I don't like neckties either.
If a kite makes it back into the kite cave and out of active duty it is detensioned to relieve stress.
I never break down the leading edges except for shipping.
All kites go into their sleeves and into larger bags stood on end for storage.
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