Repairing Kite Bladder

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MisterK
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I have a 9 meter F-One Revolt from 2009 and the smaller bladder near the wing tip has a giant hole in it. Where about should I buy a replacement bladder? Are all bladders universal?

When it comes to Repairing kites I am pretty amateur.
southseasailor
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you might want to get it to a kite shop and see if they have anything of the same size? Maybe with some jiggery pokery they can sort something out. I take it you mean a 'strut' bladder has busted?
MisterK
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I left the kite abroad and I doubt there are any shops nearby :/

Erm, the little plastic inside the rib. Basically I was trying to find the pinhole (the worst possible way) and when I pumped the air in the bladder exploded making it a huge hole ^^ Lesson learned at least.
eazyrider
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Depending on the damage, you can repair bladders using grease proof paper and an iron on a low heat setting very easily. I've even made a full bladder for a friend from 3 separate bladders when he trashed his kite.

If your interested I'll go into more detail but a quick Google search will throw up all the details you need and the bladder material is called TPU which might help with the searching.
southseasailor
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Ah, too much pressure when the bladder was removed eh? :) lol! you only need to inflate it with your mouth, that's more than enough to check for pinholes
jimmyskiterepairs
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Most bladders are repairable and there are 3 main methods

1 use a giant sticky patch such as a kite fix monster patch or similar. These work well although though you must get it absolutely flat as any creases can lead to channels where air pisses out. You can use weights to hold the bladder flat.

2 use a glue such as stormsure and a piece of old bladder. This works well as you can put a lot of glue in and it self seals the creased although you must use something to roughly close the hole first to stop it stocking to itself. It will take at least 24 hours to go off

3 melt a new bit of bladder, can be tricky and you must have something inside the bladder to stop it sticking to itself. Be careful though as to little heat will not seal properly and too much will weaken the bladder.

You will be amazed what can be repaired. If it is blown then keep it for spares....
MisterK
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Not to bump old topics but many thanks for the replies. I am flying back to the country my kite is located at and will be attempting a repair with the Monster Bladder patch repair kit - http://www.surfstore.co.uk/kitefix-ultr ... -2649.html

Hopefully it will fly fine. Thanks! :)
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