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« on: April 27, 2009, 02:50 PM »

Hi Everyone

I was just wondering if anyone could help me with a query. I have a large quantity of nylon (not ripstop) that I would like to use to make a big soft kite (not sure which one yet). Its far too stiff though and probably wont inflate properly. Does anyone have any ideas for how I can permanently soften it? A bizarre question I know but I thought I would ask

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 05:30 AM »

Pop it in the tumble drier with a few house bricks ? Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 05:44 AM »

I'm having trouble imagining a nylon that would be too stiff for a "soft" kite. All of mine are, or start out, "crinkly".

Normal .75 and 1.5 oz nylon or polyester ripstop sailcloth has a stiffness to it because of the coating, which also makes it "hold the wind" better. Pourous (uncoated) fabrics won't work as well as a sail.

Unless it's like a board, I'd try it. Coated ripstop will "soften" as it flies.

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 12:47 PM »

Thanks fdor your thoughts guys

I'm not sure my wife would be keen on me using house bricks in her precious tumble dryer  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 01:03 PM »

What kind of fabric are you using and can you blow through it?  If might want to consider using a completely different fabric? 


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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 07:20 PM »

Hey Nigel!!!
i would wash it in a wash machine no bricks though....
or you could have fun while doing it and dye the fabric at the same time....
drop Gill Bloom of a note and ask her for ideas...
the other person i would ask is Harold Ames (kitesquid on forum)

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2009, 11:06 AM »

For "bricks", read "tennis balls" or "sneakers". (If you're really young, for "sneakers", read "running shoes"!)

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