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#61 kitefantex

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 07:28 AM

Has anyone hotwaxed their lines with parafin. I have done this with spectra fishing line that I use for fighter kites for a number of years. I have flown against guys using cotton and have not been cut. I have less tangles than the other fliers not waxing their spectra. I talked to a rep for Berkley and he said that the coating wears off after time on fishing line. So waxing helps keep it slick and gives it that little stffness to keep from tangleing. Also it is not liquid to grab sand and other junk.
Just my 2 pennies.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 08:50 AM

Intresting,

John Mitchell gave some advice recently.One thats similar to yours.BEES WAX.If its good enough for JM,Its certainly worth looking at.


Now to catch a few Bees.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:33 AM

Intresting,

John Mitchell gave some advice recently.One thats similar to yours.BEES WAX.If its good enough for JM,Its certainly worth looking at.


Now to catch a few Bees.

BRIAN... :wacko:



McLube is just about the slippiest stuff I've ever come across... used everywhere on boats and is super easy to apply ... works for me!

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:34 AM

if you find BEES WAX a little hard to find you can just use an ordinary CANDLE it has the same effect Best to use WHITE,,,
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:38 AM

Intresting,

John Mitchell gave some advice recently.One thats similar to yours.BEES WAX.If its good enough for JM,Its certainly worth looking at.


Now to catch a few Bees.

BRIAN... :wacko:



If you want some I'll sort you out I used to use it on my Dry suit zip
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:44 AM

If you want some I'll sort you out I used to use it on my Dry suit zip


Dry suit zip.... crikey its been raining hard down here but not that hard.. have you got animals gathering in pairs up there in the North?

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:10 AM

Dry suit zip.... crikey its been raining hard down here but not that hard.. have you got animals gathering in pairs up there in the North?



lol .........up North ........lol.......get a grip
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:03 AM

Made my day that mate,,,Garys a ......WAIT FOR IT




NORTHERNA


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Marvelous,just realised im a sweti sock now.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:14 AM

Made my day that mate,,,Garys a ......WAIT FOR IT




NORTHERNA


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Marvelous,just realised im a sweti sock now.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:22 AM

Marvelous,just realised im a sweti sock now.



Oh My! It doesn't bear thinking about. Lads, don't forget I am only here on missionary work!
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:31 AM

lol .........up North ........lol.......get a grip



Sorry Gary I was in Flitwick when I typed that and as I couldn't understand the accents and its was cold and drizzling I just assumed....

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 03:54 PM

Don't use Bees Wax or a candle (most candles have bees wax in it). It is sticky(picks up sand) and you may make 3 or 4 wraps before you can't do any more. Use parafin the type they sell for canning in grocery stores. If you are going to use wax.

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

When washing your line set, do you leave it on a winder and hand wash in a bucket?


I put mine in the washer and the in the dryer. The I give it to my wife to untangle... :devil:

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 07:20 PM

I put mine in the washer and the in the dryer. The I give it to my wife to untangle... :devil:



:lol: theres a funny thought. My wifes bored sometimes. B)

Whats funny really is that in thinking about it, I've never washed my lines. Never waxed them either.
Guess maybe all the rain I fly in keeps everything clean. ;)
Normally fairly good at keeping the sail clean while your at it. A VERY light amount of dish soap on your hands as you unwind your lines will slick them up for the time your flying. Only do it on a rainy day when you know you'll be flying for an hour or more and hang the sail when you get home along with the rods stood on end in a corner somewhere. After 10 plus years I recently bought an actual quad line set of 90#. I've been woodling my dual line sets down into quad sets. :blushing: Kite and line up keep isn't rocket science. Ok, maybe I've just had some really good luck. Just a thought.

Dean :huh:




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