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Video manuals are a great way to learn self repair of your gear. In the following article we will show you how you can easily and painlessly to fix huge number of problems on your kite. You will also find answers on many stuff in our FAQ.

We advise to get familiar with the repair procedures and have ready all the materials before starting with the repair. We also advise to pre-sand and clean the area before starting actual repair.

When putting bladders into the kite always make sure that bladder is properly inserted into the kite. If not you can blow it and even damage the kite! It's advisable to get a friend to help you. With 2014 we also switched the bladder adhesive to TEAR-AIR. With new adhesive additional valve base gluing is generally not needed anymore (maybe only in really damaged or heavily talced bladders). But if you will be using additional gluing then leave the repair to cure overnight!

HOT-MELT Repair Tape - Kite Bladder Repair

Step by step procedures:

HOT-MELT BLADDER REPAIR (CLEAN CUT)

S1. Pre-sand the area with fine sanding paper
S2. Clean the sanded area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S3. Cut oversized piece of hot-melt patch and round the corners
S4. Place the patch over the tear (hot-melt side facing down!)
S5. Place heat shield over the patch and iron the patch for 3 - 5 seconds
S6. Remove air bubbles as much as possible after 1st phase
S7. Repeat ironing for 12 - 15 seconds, apply pressure

HOT-MELT BLADDER REPAIR (BLOWOUT)

S1. Cut off the wrinkled area (if any)
S2. Pre-sand the area with fine sanding paper
S3. Clean the sanded area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S4. Cut 2 oversized pieces of hot-melt patch and round the corners
S5. Place 1st patch inside the bladder (hot-melt side facing up!)
S6. Place 2nd patch over the tear (hot-melt side facing down!)
S7. Place heat shield over the patch and iron the patch for 3 - 5 seconds
S8. Remove air bubbles as much as possible after 1st phase
S9. Repeat ironing for 12 - 15 seconds, apply pressure

WARNING
Bladder must be well cleaned and dry at least in the ironing area from the inside and outside. Dirt, sand or salt may damage the bladder when ironed if not properly cleaned!

TIPS
You can even invisibly repair a small tears in the kite's canopy! The procedure is the same as fixing bladders, but iron the patch for 20-30s. Lay patch on the bottom side of the kite.

Valve Repairs - With Valve Circles & Valve Pads

Step by step procedures:

WITH VALVE CIRCLES

S1. Remove damaged material off the valve base (if any)
S2. Pre-sand both valve base & area with fine sanding paper
S3. Clean both base & area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S4. Peel & Stick ValveFIX circle on valve base
S5. Peel & Stick valve back to original position
S6. Glue the valve edge to make repair permanent (HERE IT IS A MUST!)

WITH VALVE PADS

S1. Pre-sand & clean valve area and leave to air-dry
S2. Peel & Stick valve pad to the valve position
S3. Pre-sand & clean valve base and leave to air-dry
S4. Glue the valve base & press it over the pad to original position
S5. Optionally glue the valve edge to make repair permanent*

WARNING
Make sure that you cover the exposed bladder area so that the valve pad won't stick to the other side. Make sure that bladder is properly inserted into the kite. If not you can blow it and even damage the kite!

StickIT! Replacement Valve Assembly

This video will show you how to mount new adhesive valve on our bladder blank. You will also learn of how to proceed if you can't separate bladder walls.

Step by step procedures:

StickIT! VALVE ASSEMBLY

S1. Mark the position of original valve on a new blank
S2. Use duct tape to separate bladder walls
S3. Cut max. 2cm hole on one side at marked position
S4. Clean the area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S5. Optionally mark the center of valve hole for easier placing
S6. Peel & Stick replacement valve

StickIT! VALVE ASSEMBLY (IF YOU CAN'T SEPARATE BLADDER WALLS)

S1. Mark the position of original valve on a new blank
S2. Fold the bladder in half and cut a small hole at marked position
S3. Use duct tape to gently separate bladder walls!*
S4. Cut max. 2cm hole on one side at marked position
S5. Gently peel off duct tape on the other side
S6. Clean the "wrong" area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S7. Peel & Stick small circle over the tiny hole
S8. Optionally mark the center of valve hole for easier placing
S9. Clean the area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S10. Peel & Stick replacement valve

Kite Valve Replacement

This video will guide you thru the kite valve replacements. You will learn how to replace faulty valve with StickIT! replacement adhesive valve in 2 cases - if it goes easily off the kite bladder or in case you will have to cut it off.

Step by step procedures:

VALVE REPLACEMENT

S1. Mark the closing direction of the valve (if applicable)
S2. Pre-sand the valve area with fine sanding paper
S3. Clean the area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S4. Optionally mark the center of valve hole for easier placing
S5. Peel & Stick replacement valve
S6. Optionally glue the valve edge to make repair permanent*

VALVE REPLACEMENT (TO CUT IT OFF)

S1. Cut the valve neck from the valve
S2. Pre-sand the valve area with fine sanding paper
S3. Clean the area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S4. Optionally mark the center of valve hole for easier placing
S5. Peel & Stick replacement valve
S6. Optionally glue the valve edge to make repair permanent*

How To Easily Unstick Kite Valve

This video will show you how easy is to separate (unstick) faulty or partially delaminated kite valve from bladder. If you're stucked with the peeling after a period of time then it is just better to cut the valve or a part of the valve of the bladder.

Step by step procedure:

S1. Sink the valve into almost boiled water
S2. Gently peel off the valve
S3. Repeat Step 1 & 2 until the valve IS peeled off the bladder

Kite Bladder Blowout Repair

Step by step procedure:

BLADDER BLOWOUT REPAIR (CLEAN CUT)

S1. Cut off damaged and stretched material
S2. Insert TPU film to the INSIDE of the bladder
S3. Pre-sand the area with fine sanding paper
S4. Clean the sanded area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S5. Round the edges of oversized bladder patch
S6. Peel and stick patch over the tear
S7. Optionally glue the valve edge to make repair permanent*

Kite Bladder Removal & Insertion

This video manual guides you thru the whole process of kite bladder replacement - removal and insertion, both strut and leading edge. It will show you how to do it and where to be careful to do it safely and without any damages to the kite.

WARNING

Get help when changing inflatable bladders. Check the bladder orientation prior usage. Twisted or improperly inserted bladder can cause decreased performance or damage to the kite!

Step by step procedures:

STRUT REMOVAL

S1. Detach one pump tube from the valve (if any)
S2. Connect the rope to the valve and push the valve into the bladder
S3. Open the strut's end and pull the bladder out of the tube

STRUT INSERTION

S1. Fold front of the bladder inside itself and connect the rope to the valve
S2. Connect the rope to the valve and push the valve into the bladder
S3. Insert the bladder back to the tuba carefully, do not twist it!
S4. Push the valve back to the valve hole
S5. Inflate the bladder to 1/3, tap on it to position itself correctly
S6. Align the rest of the bladder with the strut, push the excess bladder back in, do not twist it and close the strut end
S7. Fully inflate the bladder, but be careful for twists!
S8. Mount one pum system back (if any)

LEADING EDGE REMOVAL

S1. Open kite's tip end and connect rope to the bladder end
S2. Push all valves into the LE tube
S3. Pull the bladder out from the tube thru kite's middle zipper
S4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other half of the LE tube

LEADING EDGE INSERTION

S1. Nicely lay kite flat down and attach rope to the bladder end
S2. Pull stacked bladder into the kite back thru middle zipper
S3. Pull valves back thru the valve holes
S4. Mount one pump system back (if any)
S5. Detach the rope off the bladder, help the bladder to align itself
S6. Repeat steps 1-5 on the other half of the leading edge
S7. Close the tube's middle zipper
S8. Inflate the bladder to 1/3, tap on it to position itself correctly
S9. Align both tips of the bladder with the tube ends and close them
S10. Fully inflate the bladder, but be careful for the twists!

Canopy Repair (with Ripstop Tape)

Video manual of how to repair smaller tears in the kite canopy. For greater tears or tears in high load area please use our FiberFIX mesh tapes or send the kite to pro repair.

Step by step procedures:

CANOPY REPAIR (WITH RIPSTOP TAPE)

S1. Cut off to damaged fabrics and fabrics threads
S2. Pre-sand the damaged area with fine sanding paper
S3. Clean the area with alcohol swabs and leave to air-dry
S4. Cut the tape to desired length and round the edges
S5. Peel & stick the tape over the tear overlapping it by at least 2cm
S6. Firmly press the tape and remove all air bubbles
S7. Heat the repair with hair dryer to get better bond (do not overheat!)

WARNING

Using hair drier on too big temperature, too close or too long may damage your kite!

 

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