Duct tape for repairs?

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ral
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Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:14 pm

Probably wrong thread for this but was hoping for a quick answer.
Can I use duct tape to temporarily repair a tear?
Its about 3 inches long and in the middle of one of the panels. Will get some spinaker/repair tape but wondering if duct tape will see me through a session tomorrow? Will it come off if its raining?
Splashdown
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Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:53 pm

Duct tape works a treat - looks a bit crap but its stronger than sail repair tape.

Good luck
Superman
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Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:58 am

corse Duct tape will work!!

Have u never sail'd??

If only they'd had a roll on board the Titainic there never would have been any need to call upon the vast acting talents of Leo :P
james_S
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Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:51 pm

Duct tapes good, this is better...

Apply evenly and not too much clear (make sure it is clear) silicon mastic (the kind you get for your sink). around the rip, then stick spinnaker tape over it. Rub the tape till the silicon is even, make sure the spinnaker tape has rounded of edges and the mastic goes right to the edge. This is method is stronger than duct tape (Rip stop nylon is silicon coated and thus bonds to the silicon mastic really well. You can do both sides but I don't generally bother unless its a massive one. (Make sure you don't accidentally glue your kite all together either and don't touch your bar with silicon coated hands). It sets quick quickly and looks much nicer and will last longer than your kite...
Vervet
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Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:08 pm

james_S wrote:Duct tapes good, this is better...

Apply evenly and not too much clear (make sure it is clear) silicon mastic (the kind you get for your sink). around the rip, then stick spinnaker tape over it. Rub the tape till the silicon is even, make sure the spinnaker tape has rounded of edges and the mastic goes right to the edge. This is method is stronger than duct tape (Rip stop nylon is silicon coated and thus bonds to the silicon mastic really well. You can do both sides but I don't generally bother unless its a massive one. (Make sure you don't accidentally glue your kite all together either and don't touch your bar with silicon coated hands). It sets quick quickly and looks much nicer and will last longer than your kite...
Thats excellent!!
Physio-pete
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Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:51 pm

Duct tape fixes all again.
Unbeatable. From kites to deck chairs to space shuttle tiles.
highalpha_pass
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Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:28 pm

Personally, I'd have a kite MADE from duct tape.
GJ
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Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:42 pm

Duct tape heaven:

http://www.gaffertape.com/category-602.wtl

Shit, I didn't realise you could get transparent gaffer...how good's that! Then again I guess the 'Industrial Grade' would be the one to go with for kite repairs. There's even camo gaffer (page 2) for those kiteboarding Marines stationed in the Gulf.
mascott
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Thu May 01, 2008 1:06 am

highalpha_pass wrote:Personally, I'd have a kite MADE from duct tape.
Did nt best make one. :lol:
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Fri May 16, 2008 11:53 pm

Duct tape is pretty dam strong but it leaves behind horrible sticky rubbish on you kite that is pretty difficult to get off even with acetone!If you have to use this kind of thing, only use it as a temp repair and also rather use gaffer tape than duct tape!
pierre
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Mon May 19, 2008 11:10 am

Another good alternative is to use blanderm (3m) it s a plaster tape sightly transparent and water proof.
Available in every pharmacy in france so you could get it at boots or your local pharmacist.
W731620E
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Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:00 pm

Id recommend a product called fixmytear. It's a repair tape which sticks very well to vinyl, canvas and most other surfaces. Absolutely life saving tape. ;)
https://www.amazon.com/Fixmytear-Magic- ... B01MA5HSNC
https://www.amazon.com/fixmytear-Magic- ... B016M1S1GU
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