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Author Topic: Does kite fabric have a front and a back  (Read 2599 times)
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« on: December 16, 2014, 09:50 PM »

I just received my first order of 3/4oz ripstop nylon kitemaking fabric.  I believe the brand is Challenge Sailcloth.  I can't really tell if there is a front side and a back side (or right side and wrong side?).  Is there a difference?  Does it matter?  Time to start experimenting with sewing this stuff soon. 
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2014, 10:16 PM »

Yes... there is a shiny side and a dull side, the shiny side is the front.

No... both sides are equally shiny, either side can be used as the front.

In other words, it depends on how the cloth is coated.  Some cheaper cloths are only coated on one side.  Increasingly these days, cloth is coated both sides
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2014, 08:51 AM »


Challenge fabric is an excellent choice for kite making.
No need to concern yourself with "front or back".
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2014, 10:39 AM »

[...] In other words, it depends on how the cloth is coated.  Some cheaper cloths are only coated on one side.  Increasingly these days, cloth is coated both sides

Icarex is coated both sides ?  Thanks
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2014, 01:53 PM »

I have found that PC31 (Icarex) is slightly more shiny on one side than the other.  It varies by color and is hard to tell under certain lighting.  I use the slightly more shiny side on the side of the kite that faces the flyer and wind.

Just my experience,

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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2014, 11:17 PM »

Good to know.  Thanks for the responses. 
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