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« on: April 30, 2013, 10:19 PM »

 I recently discovered a pin size hole in the sail of one of my favorite kites. The hole is located about half way between the spine and the LE near the upper spreader.
 As it is such a tiny hole I am wondering if this is a problem that needs to be addressed or should I leave it alone?

 I've thought about using fray check on it or find some other fix that is not very visible on the kite but vanity aside the most important thing is to keep my sail intact!!!

 Any and all advise/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013, 12:00 AM »

The CA glue method works great.

Clean both sides of the sail around the hole.

Put a piece of scotch tape over the hole on one side. On the other side push the frayed edges of the hole together to close up the hole as much as possible. Put a tiny drop of CA on the hole (use a pin or other small point to place the glue) wait for the glue to cure, peel of the tape.

This method works for cuts and tears and holes.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 12:54 AM »

As it is such a tiny hole I am wondering if this is a problem that needs to be addressed or should I leave it alone?

No problem, you don't need to repair very tiny holes.
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013, 01:21 AM »

Punch a REALLY big hole on the other side of the kite.  Then you'll realise how insignificant the pin hole is   Cheesy




...or use CA glue like Allen said
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2013, 06:02 AM »

Don't worry. You now have a vented kite!!  Wink

... Or use the CA glue to get the std back...
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2013, 10:07 AM »

Heh... you guys are too funny. Thanks for the instructions Allen. I'd heard of the CA glue method, but not how to do it. Can you use regular Super Glue? If so, it comes in a bottle with a brush in the cap now. Seems like that would work great to control the amount of glue applied.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2013, 10:18 AM »

There are lots of Cyanoacrylates out there...super glue is just one brand name....and each brand has multiple types too...

i find the best one over all is Zap-a-Gap as it is a gap filler as well as bond agent.....it helps to fill up empty space a little bit....

but...most of the family of adhesives will work just fine...especially if they are tiny holes...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013, 10:40 AM »

Thanks Rob!
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2013, 10:44 AM »

My advice?
Don't worry about it.
It's called Ripstop for a reason and a tiny hole won't get bigger.
You run a risk of messing the sail up.
CA glue is evil, constantly seeking new places to glue together.
EVIL......EEEEVILLLLL
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2013, 11:31 AM »

I suppose I should have disclaimered. I wouldn't patch a pinhole in an area not prone to wear. If the hole is in a place that rubs against the ground or other parts of the kite, the hole may just get larger.

 Nancy, a brush would probably apply about 40 times the glue needed. Using just a tiny amout can give a nearly invisible repair. Too much and you have a lumpy mess. Also, if you don't use enough, just retape and try again. Too much and you're stuck. (pun intended?)
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2013, 11:40 AM »

Point taken Allen. Evil (heh) or not, it's good to be clued in on options. Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2013, 02:34 PM »

I usually fill up my 2 gallon pesticide sprayer with CA glue, and then coat the entire kite sail with it.  That way, there is no chance of any future pinholes occurring.

Cheesy   I kid, I kid... don't listen to me.

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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2013, 03:07 PM »

I usually fill up my 2 gallon pesticide sprayer with CA glue, and then coat the entire kite sail with it.  That way, there is no chance of any future pinholes occurring.

Cheesy   I kid, I kid... don't listen to me.

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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2013, 10:08 PM »

 Thanks for everyone's input, I can see that the CA glue is a very popular treatment and I will go with that suggestion.
  I also enjoyed the idea of tearing a larger hole on the other size to prove the insignificance of my tiny pin hole.
   Cheesy   Cheesy   Cheesy   Cheesy

    Much appreciated!!
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2013, 12:43 PM »

Point taken Allen. Evil (heh) or not, it's good to be clued in on options. Thanks!

Better to be cluead than glued!   Roll Eyes    Cheesy
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