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« on: April 27, 2009, 06:25 PM »

my SD light trailing edge has started to show some wear and has cut through the bias binding. Other than change the binding , has anyone any other suggestions to repair this problem? And maybe to strengthen the area ?
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2009, 06:40 PM »

Hi Tempest,
You can try to patch it up with 1" insignia tape/adhesive Darcon tape.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 05:33 AM »

Even ordinary ripstop repair tape will do so long as you're using reasonably heavy leaders.
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 06:53 AM »

May be I should reinforce all my kites before the wear occurs.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 01:02 PM »

Maybe look into the Gaffers tape James posted about here
http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=261.0
It might work, of course any tape is simply a temporary solution until you replace the trailing edge tape. If applied before damaging the kite though it would provide an extra layer of protection.



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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 02:25 PM »

Gaffers tape might be a good choice but I will stick to the insignia tape for now since it won't leave any adhesive marking after peel off from the kite.

Can I get it in Home Depot or Business Depot or Art Supplies store ?

Thanks for the recommendati Smiley n.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2009, 08:18 PM »

Sorry Undecided I posted the question in the wrong section.  Anyway thanks for the help guys.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2009, 08:31 PM »

To stop and reinforce the tear on the TE, place a drop of CA.
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2009, 10:00 PM »

Use leader lines too. They won't wear on the TE as much as Spectra lines do. My TEs have held up much better since I put leaders on every line set.
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