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« on: March 31, 2010, 09:45 AM »

Most of the recommendations that I got from the forums were using Silicone spray. But I think what I'm using is better. I'm using some very very thick Silicone Oil(for model car suspension damping) and apply it to the line and the line feels super slippery. Less messy and not too WET  Embarrassed . I bought mine in a model car hobby store. They come in a small bottle. The weight is 30000.
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010, 11:34 AM »

Sounds messy.  Huh

Is using spray common?
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010, 11:57 AM »

Spray is messy and I never try it. It sounds wet  Cry .
I think alot of pilots are using it to re-condition their flying line.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010, 03:22 PM »

You can also simply "turn " the lines around. Kite ends now on the straps. The worn out spots from twisting the line are now in a different place and you got a new spot to wear down... Grin

Cutting off about 10ft works well too

Old skool solutions... Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2010, 04:22 PM »

At seattleairgear.com, the designer of the WindDance foils used to recommend laundering your lines to get the grit out (secure them to the winder and thrown the whole thing in the laundry) then drying them, then spraying them with pure silicone spray -- not silicone plus petroleum distillates. He claimed the result was quite close to brand new.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2010, 09:22 PM »

He claimed the result was quite close to brand new.

He was, however, quite mental. Here's his old website by way of an example. Proceed with caution  Huh then decide whether or not you'd like to take this individual's advice on any subject whatsoever.

Drenching lines in oil sounds like a surefire recipe for them picking up dirt and adding to the friction almost immediately, nevermind the residue getting spread all over whatever you store the lines in. The idea with using the wash 'n' spray approach is that you aim to coat the lines in as little as possible. They'll never get back to as new condition but it does seem to give something back to old lines.

BTW I've tried silicone sprays, teflon sprays, WD40 (everything works better with a little WD40). The effect is much the same - a bit better for a while then it needs repeating. Just washing the lines and cutting away any frayed or damaged areas has the most effect.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2010, 09:07 AM »

Wow, I learned so much about HOTSPEED and TURNING, and I only read two pages out of approximately one zillion. I see now that I've never experienced kite FLYING. I can't wait to get down to the water to start working on my ACTIVE SKILLS.

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2010, 10:52 AM »

As cheap as good spectra is why bother with silicone? When you wear a line set out, replace it.  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2010, 11:42 AM »

It is about saving $$$ and saving the W Tongue rld.
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010, 09:26 PM »

Denny didn't say to throw it out, save it up and weave it into a nice lining for a new flak jacket  Cheesy  Wink

did I say that outloud?

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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2010, 07:28 AM »

It is about saving $$$ and saving the W Tongue rld.
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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2010, 11:48 AM »

Look if you do use a silicone product, use one that is 100% silicone. If it's spray (most likely) the carrier will evaporate leaving the lines dry. Do not use oil with silicone or other products that stay wet. These will attract dirt and debris, that's not what you want. They may also deteriorate the spectra.
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2010, 03:44 AM »

Spectra is cheap?  I am afraid my wallet must disagree with you.
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« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2010, 05:03 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2011, 02:16 AM »

Hello all, i read this topic and was considering silicone spray to protect my lines and make them more slippery. i found this on the market here and would like to know your thoughts on it.

http://www.orapi-maintenance.com/en/fichestechniques/812-SILAL-GB.pdf

Thanks for any help.

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