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#1 Jynx

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:05 PM

Thought I'd post my quick repair for small rips (slits) in the leading edge screening (mesh)...

I recently experimented with this easy repair method, and have flown it several times since and found it to work just great!

I have a well-used full-vent Rev which has been flown for several years and suffered several small (1"-1-1/2") horizontal slits in the leading edge mesh. I was originally going to replace the full length of the mesh (or sew a mesh patch) but thought I'd try this and see IF it worked...and it did!

Using a piece of scotch-tape under the mesh to hold the tear tight and in place, I applied a thin coat of super glue, waited a few seconds, then used a cotton Q-tip swab to press the damaged area in place and to also remove any excess glue. I allowed the glue to set well and dry (a few minutes) then slowly removed the tape.

The repaired slit is nearly invisible and has held well.

Just thought I'd pass this along!

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:50 PM

Note to self: Try this next time rather than sewingPosted Image Great tip jynx,Posted Image
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Posted 16 November 2011 - 03:26 AM

Doug Charleville ran his entire sail thru a barbed wire fence, he "repaired" it using the same method described above by Jynx.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 05:48 AM

Keep an eye on the repair. CA Glue is brittle when it dries, I wouldn't be too surprised if it opens back up again.


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Posted 16 November 2011 - 06:14 AM

Please keep us informed as to how long it holds. I have spare mesh but little spare sewing time. Cheers t.
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Posted 16 November 2011 - 10:01 AM

Nice tip! I've used that method to repair sails but I never thought to try it on mesh. Thanks!
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:05 PM

Thought I'd post my quick repair for small rips (slits) in the leading edge screening (mesh)...

I recently experimented with this easy repair method, and have flown it several times since and found it to work just great!

I have a well-used full-vent Rev which has been flown for several years and suffered several small (1"-1-1/2") horizontal slits in the leading edge mesh. I was originally going to replace the full length of the mesh (or sew a mesh patch) but thought I'd try this and see IF it worked...and it did!

Using a piece of scotch-tape under the mesh to hold the tear tight and in place, I applied a thin coat of super glue, waited a few seconds, then used a cotton Q-tip swab to press the damaged area in place and to also remove any excess glue. I allowed the glue to set well and dry (a few minutes) then slowly removed the tape.

The repaired slit is nearly invisible and has held well.

Just thought I'd pass this along!


Hey J. just wondered if the fix held as I discovered a small mesh tear today .
Cheers
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:49 PM

Flew one of the repaired kites (twice)... and the fixes are still holding fine!

It sure beats patching by sewing or replacing the entire LE screening. The way I look at it... if it fails in the future I can always easily redo or go to plan "B"... but so far - so Good!

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:18 PM

If you really want to test it let Rich fly your kite in TI. If it makes it through that then it's a tough repair! :kid_smartass:

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:17 PM

If you really want to test it let Rich fly your kite in TI. If it makes it through that then it's a tough repair! :kid_smartass:

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:53 PM

Flew one of the repaired kites (twice)... and the fixes are still holding fine!

It sure beats patching by sewing or replacing the entire LE screening. The way I look at it... if it fails in the future I can always easily redo or go to plan "B"... but so far - so Good!


Many Thanks. I shall give it a go.
tommy harrison

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:48 PM

Many Thanks. I shall give it a go.

We use super glue gell to repair holes in the sails, it is a little more flexibility. It might work on the mesh too.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:05 PM

We use super glue gell to repair holes in the sails, it is a little more flexibility. It might work on the mesh too.


Cheers Stephen. I know the glue you mean. Will add it to my fixit box.
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 02:33 PM

i have repaired the whole leading edge WHAT A JOB alot of work hope this last for you much easier thanks for info


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