Fix a punctured sail

Sven

Sven

Kite addict since 1998. Still addicted!
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If you fly kites pretty regulary, it's bound to happen. Something has punctured your sail.

Thankfully small holes in your sail are easy to repair. All you need is a roll of tape and som cyanoacrylat… or super glue as some like to call it.

Here’s how!

Houston, we have a problem!
Houston, we have a problem!

Houston is ready to fix! Go get a roll of tape and (a bottle of) cyanoacrylat.

Put a piece of tape over the puncture
Put a piece of tape over the puncture

Put your sail on the floor, table or another suitable surface and smoothen the sail and make sure the hole becomes “invisible”. Then carefully place a piece of tape over the puncture.

Taping the puncture
Taping the puncture

Turn your kite over and back onto the floor (taped side facing down). Carefully apply cyanoacrylat on the sail and make sure to cover the hole completely!

Apply cyanoacrylat on the sail
Apply cyanoacrylat on the sail

Let dry for five minutes or so an put a new piece of tape on top of the cyanoacrylat and turn the sail again. (Now the glued side of the sail should face down.)

Peel off the (first) tape and apply cyanoacrylat on this side of the sail too
Peel off the (first) tape and apply cyanoacrylat on this side of the sail too

Now peel off the (first) tape and apply cyanoacrylat on this side of the sail too and let dry for another five minutes.

When the cyanoacrylat is completely dry, peel off the tape and if done correctly, your sail should be almost as good as new!

…and the fix should be close to invisible!

You gotta get close to see the fix!
You gotta get close to see the fix!

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