FAQ's On Sail Repairs
What size sail repair I can do myself?
Usually 2" or smaller. For this size of damage you can use sail tape or dacron tape. We recommend if using sail tape or dacron tape front and back and round the corners. If the damage is greater than that you can either use Kitefix Fiber Fix or send your kite to fixmykite.com to be profressionally repaired.
How do must sail damage Occur?
Most sail damage occurs from the sail coming in contact from shells or debris on the groud. This mostly happens from someone launching your kite and dragging the sail on the ground. Another source of sail cuts is self launching on an area with objects that the sail can get cut on. So make sure when someone is lauching you they do not drag your kite to get in postion and make sure the area you are self launching in a safe area.
How do I inspect the sail on my kite?
One of the easiest ways to inspect your kite sail is to hold up your sail in the light. If you have a cut, you will clearly see the light come through the kite. Another technique to check for sail cuts is to pump up your kite in a non windy area and check the entire sail area.
Here's a Picture of Richard from fixmykite.com inspecting the sail.
How can I prolong the life of my sail?
The best way to prolong the life of your sail is not let you kite flag. This mean DO NOT leave you kite just sitting there on the land flapping in the wind. This movement of the sail will wear out and weaking your sail very quickly. As soon as you are done riding either pack up your kite or put sand on the trailing to prevent the sail from flagging in the wind.
The worst flagging damage we have seen here at fixmykite.com was a customer had a brand new Cabrinha. After each time the customer would ride he would pump his kite in his back yard and dry it in the wind for hours. Within 2 months of this the material was so worn out that we could poke our finer the sail with ease.
How does Fixmykite.com repair sails?
Here at fixmykite.com we use two different techniques to repair sails. The first technique we use is doing a panel replacement. A panel replacement is when we have an exact color match of sail material and we replace the damaged area with a new panel that is slightly larger than the damaged area. The other technique we use is using sail tape. We use either clear sail tape (for all colors but black) or black sail tape. We usually use sail tape on severe sail damage like large panel blow-outs. We put sail tape on both sides of the sail material and sew it. Now that area is twice as strong. That is why we guarantee our repairs.