Frequently Asked Questions

General

Dr.Tuba is family driven brand. We have 10 years of experience in building and repairing of kiteboarding products. Dr.Tuba is founded by Gigi;), a passionate custom kite builder and designer (kite-stuff.org). We started by fixing blown bladders with a small hand operated impulse sealer, then we switched to pro machines which we're using for our services and for making of our products. We're establishing distributors & retailers network worldwide. Gigi is still active on world's kiteboarding forum (kiteforum.com).
If you want to be 100% sure of the repair, if the repair needs to be done on heavy load/complicated area or you don't think you have the skills to make own repairs then you should take your kite to the pros. If you need overnight repair, on vacations, kite trip, you are a DIY guy etc... then our repair kits are your best friends! Our repair kits offers independant, cost effective and also permanent repairs in most cases.
We have been repairing our kite equipment with Dr.Tuba products for many years now and the gear is still holding storng! If you do the repair correctly we see no problems why repairs done on your gear shouldn't be long-lasting.
Not at all. Our Dr.Tuba video manuals are equipped with detailed procedures of the repairs and it is freely accessible to all. Just follow the procedures described there and you'll be fine! ;)
You can check out our retailers / where to buy list. If you can't find a retailer near you, we urge you to visit our on-line store. We also take any suggestions for new retailers. Please do not hesitate to inform us about your local retailer if you can't find Dr.Tuba products there - we will contact them.
Be sure that you are familiar with repair itself (check the manuals) and always prepare items needed for the repair BEFORE you start it!
Check the contents of each repair or refill kit. Also watch the manuals to see which products you need to have and which tools you need to use.
Time varies depending on the problem, but normally a small tears can be fixed within minutes. Be aware that adhesives may have good initial tack but curing time can be long. The best is to leave the repair to cure overnight for best results.

Products

One component PU glues are moisture based. We use aquasure PU glue in all kits from 2012 on. Normal cure time is about 10-14 hours. If extra thickness is required extra Aquasure layers may be applied once the original layers are fully cured, but normally requires only one application. If your PU glue is from Carmo then cure time is shorter, but we still recommend that you leave the repair to cure overnight.
Aquasure is one of the best temperature resistant PU glues available on the market and it doesn't contain any chemicals banned in Europe. Aquasure is Toluene Free. Aquasure can sustain temperatures from -40°C to +200°C which means that will work in really hot places too! Higher temperatures will give faster cure times than higher humidity. Glue will stay clear, strong and flexible once cured.
Advance contents to tube neck. Wipe clean and cap. Keep in a cool dry place or, for extended life, in freezer. For thawing or for easier flowing contents, soak tube in warm water for 15 minutes.
You can change the density of Aquasure by soaking the tube in warm water or in a warm room. This will make Aquasure much thinner and easier to apply - and the product will still supply the same quality repair.
If ever you find a material where it does not bond very well try abrading (roughening) the surface with sandpaper and then wipe clean before applying Aquasure. For harder to reach repair apply Aquasure using a brush provided with the glue.
Yes, you can! • For seams apply a 2mm thick bead, overlapping seam edges by at least 5mm. Apply with slight pressure to saturate fabric surfaces. • For holes and tears Create backing with removable tape, and fill void, overlapping void edges by 5mm. Remove tape after full cure. • For patch application on fabrics and breathable laminate, apply Aquasure, then apply patch over damaged area. Wipe away excess adhesive. • For high wear areas apply thin layer of Aquasure and apply patch.
You can speed up curing by placing a few drops of clean (not salt) water in the Aquasure before application.
Aquasure is ideal for bonding neoprene, fabrics, latex, trilaminates, PVC, Hypalon, natural and synthetic leather, foams, composites and many plastics. It's specialized formula is ideal for sealing stitching and reinforcing high stress areas on wet suits, dry suits, Hypalon and PVC boats and hundreds of other items. Aquasure also makes an ideal abrasion patch for high wear areas such as knees, seats and luggage bottoms. Seals and repairs made with Aquasure generally last the life of the item.
Mark the position of the valve as described in the manual. Use regular duct tape and stick it to both walls of the bladder. Start pulling apart - it may look "messy", bladder wrinkled, but it will separate the walls for a few milimeters. Make a small hole to allow air flow. Then make a proper hole for the valve as described in manual and follow the rest procedure. Sometimes walls can't separate. Then you will have to make a really tiny hole thru both walls where the valve should be. Use duct tape again to separate the walls. Be CAREFUL - do not stick the tape over the tiny holes, stick it close by. Pull it apart really slowly & gently - you can damage the bladder if vacuum is still strong enough inside! To remove duct tape hold the bladder with one hand and slowly remove duct tape. Then, clean the "wrong" side of bladder, leave it air dry and stick the included patch over the tiny hole. Then proceed as described in manual.

Payment & Shipping

We accept following ways of payments: Paypal, Moneybookers (Skrill), Bank transfer. ePayment providers offers payments with all major credit cards.
For end consumers all prices includes 22% Slovenian VAT. For VAT exempt EU based companies need to provide their valid EU VAT number, companies outside EU need to provide us their registration number.
Orders are shipped with Slovenian post, GLS or DPD - you choose them in checkout process. For emergencies there is an option to send with UPS Express, please contact us by phone or email if you need that service.
Charges depends on weight of the shipment and on the country we're sending. Exact prices are calculated upon checkout process.
If shiping via Slovenian Post shipments are not insured, but they can be upon your request. GLS shipments are automatically insured up to 200€, DPD up to 520€, UPS up to 100€. All shipping companies offers additional insurance upon your request only. Charges depends on weight of the shipment and on the country we're sending.
Slovenian Post - NO, GLS, DPD & UPS - YES. Shipping times depends on the country, Slovenian Post (EU 3-6 working days, outside EU 6-14), GLS/DPD (EU 2-8), UPS Express Saver (1-3 everywhere).
If shipped in EU - no. If shipped outside EU - customers always need to pay all other additional costs like customs, taxes, etc...
YES, anywhere in the world!
All orders are shipped from Slovenia, EU.

About Us

We are family driven brand, we love everything connected with kiteboarding and this beautiful sport.

Phone: 00.386.70.400.112

Email: info (at) drtuba (dot) eu

 

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