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« on: August 08, 2010, 08:37 AM »

I've read on the forum about pinholes being repaired with CA glue but can't seem to find any step by step for doing it. Could someone please explain the process, which type of CA to use etc?
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010, 09:55 AM »

Just put a tiny bit (drop) of CA on the pinhole.   Seriously, it takes only a very very small amount.  I put it on the backside when the kite is unassembled with the sail flattened out on a table.  You could also put a bit of scotch tape on the other side and then remove it once the glue is dry, which is how you do it for larger holes.

You can also use tedlar if you are concerned about glueing your sail.  I have tedlar repairs from years ago - it holds up well enough.

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2010, 11:24 AM »

From here "Super glue sail repair"

Courtesey of Ken McNeil (Blue Moon Kites):

"You'll need 3 things - packing tape, super glue, and a toothpick.

Lay your sail out face up on a table and get it as flat as possible. Once it's flat, pull the cut together and lay a piece of packing tape across it. Don't press down hard until you have the cut closed to your satisfaction. Turn the sail over and continue to work the cut closed, and then press the sail down firmly to the tape when you're ready to proceed.

I suggest squirting a drop of super glue onto a card or something and using the toothpick (or such) to apply it to the sail. Depending on the thickness of the glue, it will wick into the cut, so a little goes a long way. Before you start gluing, be sure to press the sail down firmly against the packing tape. That should minimize the glue wicking onto the face of your kite.

Once the glue dries, pull the packing tape off the front, and you're done!

For more complex damage, I recommend adding a piece of Mylar or Tedlar repair tap on the back side -
Once you're satisfied with your glue job, cut a piece of the repair tape about 1/2-3/4" larger than the damaged area and round off the corners. Make sure you press this down very well, especially around the perimeter."

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2010, 10:35 PM »

If the pinhole won't close when you try to moosh the fibers together, the CA glue might not do much more than make the rim of the hole stiffer, shinier, and stable -- i.e., not subject to further tearing.

CA isn't great at filling gaps, but it's great at gluing stuff together that's already touching. That's why the tape-then-CA-glue technique works so well -- even with relatively large and relatively high-stress tears when you'd never believe it would work.

I first learned this technique from a guy from Malaysia (I think) on the old GWTW forum. (Anybody remember his login name?)

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2010, 11:20 AM »

Thanks for all the suggestions and help. I used tape and gap filling, slow acting CA as it was a hole and not a tear that the edges could be put together. So far it seems to be working great.
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2010, 11:56 AM »

CA is not a gap filling substance.....that is why i prefer is a CA based substance that is gap can fill in areas like that pinhole completely...or if you have a bit of space in between that ferrule and the rod it is in  you can use this....
works great....

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