Ripstop Glue, Threads For Stitches

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Ripstop Glue, Threads For Stitches

Postby grigorib » Tue, Feb 08 2011, 03:49 PM

I bought an old Peter Lynn waterfoil and the threads fall apart in few places asking for repair.
I'll need to get insight kite a bit and before I "open the patient" the question is what glue would be the best to use before putting stitches back and what thread would work the best?

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Re: Ripstop Glue, Threads For Stitches

Postby Mike » Tue, Feb 08 2011, 08:34 PM

I haven't seen a waterfoil up close.
Does the repair have to be waterproof?

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Re: Ripstop Glue, Threads For Stitches

Postby grigorib » Wed, Feb 09 2011, 09:39 AM

It's just a close chamber kite with few tunnels on the leading edge to keep up internal pressure for the wing shape.
http://www.google.com/images?q=peter+ly ... CAoQ_AUoAQ

It gets wet occasionally, not much, but glue should not dissolve in water. Maybe just sewing will take care and applying no glue before sewing is alright but I can see original seams have a layer of soft adhesive.

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Re: Ripstop Glue, Threads For Stitches

Postby Mike » Wed, Feb 09 2011, 03:55 PM

Ahhh. I think I've got it.
Just sewing will do.

Often kite makers will put a line of seam-tape down to hold the pieces together and lined-up correctly while they sew. You don't need it. Just use a polyester or nylon thread and you'll be fine.


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