Kite Bladder Repair
OEM kite bladder replacements are very expensive and a bladder repair is almost always more cost effective. We have PU films in different thicknesses available and offer several different bladder repair options. These include replacing the damaged area with a new piece of film using a heat sealer or applying self adhesive patches or small stickers.
We repair large damages with the help of a new TPU film piece. We remove the damaged area and add a new section using an induction heat sealer. Our heat sealers are featuring a 5mm wide seam, can be adjusted to accommodate all bladder thicknesses and create a seam as strong as the kite factory.
We use self-adhesive patches, imported from the USA, for smaller damages that do not require the original bladder material to be removed. Despite this “quick fix” the repair is extremely durable and long lasting. Unfortunately it only can be used if there is no excessive TPU stretch present.
Slow leaks or pin holes usually can be repaired as long as the kite did not end up in a gorse bush . Finding the approximate location is easy but once the bladder is removed locating small damages can be very difficult, time intensive, not always successful and very frustrating for our staff. Anyhow, we will give it a go.
All our repaired bladders will be tested for leaks before shipment. However, in many instances small holes can be only detected when the bladder is installed and pumped at high pressure. Therefore, we recommend sending your kite with the damaged bladder.