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« on: February 08, 2013, 04:58 AM »

Hi all,

To protect the sail that could be damaged between the Upper spreader and the spine, some kitefliers recommand to use “Moonie tape”.

But is this product really better than :

- Dacron Tape (Insigna)
- Adhesive Ripstop Nylon/spinnaker Tape
- Adhesive Mylar Tape

If yes, why ?

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 05:27 AM »

...and for those of us who are new to repair, technically what is "moonie" tape?
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 05:56 AM »

=> here.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 07:57 AM »

I wouldn't say it's better then any of the others, it's another option that's available. It is more durable then standard ripstop repair tape.

It's called "Moonie Tape" because Ken McNeil of Blue Moon Kites used it on his kites, I don't know if he was the first to use it. I always wondered if Ken enjoyed thumbing through the Thomas Register   Cheesy  *, he seems very knowledgeable about products available to industry.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 08:49 AM »

“Moonie tape”.

But is this product really better than :

- Dacron Tape (Insigna)
- Adhesive Ripstop Nylon/spinnaker Tape
- Adhesive Mylar Tape


The hard plastic (Moonie) tape is very low friction compared to cloth tapes. Unless the adhesive gives way sooner than other tapes, it's a better rub patch. I don't know about mylar tape.

On some kites a cloth patch looks better, but that's a matter of esthetics.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2013, 09:39 AM »

I always wondered if Ken enjoyed thumbing through the Thomas Register   Cheesy  *, he seems very knowledgeable about products available to industry.

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Not sure about Thomas Register, but I know there were a couple of esoteric parts supply companies he enjoyed thumbing through to look for ideas/sources for new fittings and such.   Believe the was on-again/off-again mulling over a suitable a fitting/connector for the "McStar" before BMK closed it's doors.

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2013, 08:11 PM »

I have also used it to build up spars that are a tad too skinny for a fitting.  Other tape I have tried for this job wears off faster than you can replace it.  If I remember correctly, I first saw it used for this purpose on the US of my first Talon.  So Mark may be who deserves the credit.

Used on LSs, as suggested on the store page that Michel linked to, Moonie Tape is not only only effective reducing bridle wear.  For a lazy guy like me, who attempts a dead launch or two first rather than walking the walk of shame, the frequency of breakage is reduced quite a bit, too.  That is why I applied it to the LSs on all my frequent fliers.   Cool
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2013, 09:31 PM »

It is a bugger to get the backing off!
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 05:10 AM »

It is a bugger to get the backing off!
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2013, 12:33 PM »

I would need band aids as well
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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2013, 08:20 PM »

There are some excellent tapes of this type available from industrial supply vendors.  I am a buyer for a manufacturing plant & had no trouble finding several choices with variables of width, thickness, adhesive, length of roll, black or clear.  They are pricey but seem to be the answer for various repairs.  The kite vendors selling Moonie tape by the foot are not actually charging too much & I do recommend we support our kite stores.   This type of tape, made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, is the same material used to make  our Spectra flying lines.
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2013, 09:44 PM »

It is a bugger to get the backing off!
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