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Author Topic: Why are spreaders BLACK and easy to lose?  (Read 1911 times)
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« on: April 11, 2010, 07:52 AM »

While at a Kite Festival yesterday I lost one spar.  While I was there two other kids were walking around the field looking at the ground.

Their sailings ships, tri-plane, bi-plane, dragon, etc kites all lost one of their spars and was useless without.

Why not paint these things blaze orange so you can see em in the grass?

Paul (one of the guys that wears the BRIGHTEST clothes while riding his motorcycle)
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 09:04 AM »

Think we've all been there & done that along with having this conversation. My last thought was some bright flourecent tape to wrap around, since upper spreaders seem to be the most likely stick to go AWOL a band at the spine cross point serves two purposes.

Tataouine recently posted a pic of another inexpensive & easy way to add some color, the 'old school' pen & pencil foam grips we used to use there.

The best protection (IMHO) : Heat-shrink tubing or...






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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 09:41 AM »

Carbon is black.  Painting them at the factory would add to the cost of the kite and would also be an inventory nightmare.

Not picking on the kite, but the Micron was prone to losing it's upper spreader in higher winds.  Several paint/tape/etc solutions were posted in the Prism forum last(?) year.

It's just one of those things that's easier for the user to do aftermarket.

Wonder if the crosshatching on PxX spars make them easier to find in the grass.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 04:52 PM »

what about the 1/2 camo spars ...?

Aren't those painted?  Remember seeing them, but never really knew the story behind them.  Could have easily seen them as arrow shafts.

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010, 05:05 PM »

Not sure Camo would be best if you're worried about losing it in the grass! Huh
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010, 06:52 PM »

I remember a friend of mine bought a camo Gerber knife and was so proud of it.  He was showing me while we were playing frisbee golf.  By the time we got back to the cars he has lost it somewhere in one of the grass field.

I never ever stopped giving him CRAP about that one.

Yea...I like the orange tape on the middle.  I like it a LOT.  I need to go find some blaze orange tape now!
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010, 10:43 AM »

Please reference the God fathers thread on Rev down spars. It got a lot to do with both cost and aesthetics and now the new regs concerning toys. Adding paint adds to testing cost to insure lack o lead and other hazards. Bright yellow shrink tubing would work as well.
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2010, 11:12 AM »

get some holographic adhesive tape or decals from a dollar/crafts/hobby/car parts/fishing supply store, stick it on
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2010, 03:47 PM »

splurge for a set of upper APA's to keep the thing in place.. probably save you a hole in your sail  is your upper spreader the right size?? the reason i ask is i have never in the year i have had my FL's  had 1 come out
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