Some frequently asked questions about Kite repair.
Q:How much does it cost?
A: Well, of course this depends on a lot of factors. We get repair of all sizes. I woudl have to say the average repair we get is a leading edge that is torn open or a canopy torn in half. These jobs can be very time consuming to assure the kite still flies the way it did when it was new. If i had to say an average repair cost would be about 100 bucks. Some small jobs will only be $20 or so, and some jobs may be as much as $200. However, if we see that a repair is going to go to the extreme, we will notify you before we continue.
Q. Is it worth it?
A. Yes. Even if your kite is torn in 2 or 3 pieces. We will fix it up stronger than new. The cost is going to be far cheaper than buying a new or used kite to replace it. However, sometimes a kite may be too old and worn out to justify repair. If the materials are old and perforated they may not last long. You may notice your kite tears in a new spot ever time you fly it. We will typically evaluate your kite before we fix it. If it seem that it is had its day we will let you know if it is past its prime.
Q. Will it last?
A. For sure!! We have never had a repaired kite come back to us for a failure in worksmanship. We use only the best material for repair. We evaluate the structure of the kite and the reason it failed in the first place. A lot of kites are torn because of insuffiecient reinforcements along the canopy, where the leading edge meets the ripstop canopy. We determine where and what material will outlast the original design without effecting the performance of your kite. We use only the best material and tools to do our work. We have many techniques that are trade secret in our repair process carried over from many years in similar industry. You never have that unsure feeling when you see our work.
Q. How long will I be without my kite?
A. We have a full time staff doing kite repair. The biggest holdup is of course shipping. We typically have a kite finished in 1-3 days after we recieve it. We like to say a week, so when you get it early you are happy. Shipping is usually done through ground service because of the size and weight. The average shipping time will be between 1 and 6 days each way. Please take this into consideration when calculating how long you will be borrowing your buddies gear.
Q. Why do I need to clean and dry it?
A. You don't have to clean it and dry it if you have money to burn. Have you ever picked up a soaking wet, sandy kite and a clean dry one. First off the weight is going to add a ton to your shipping charges. Secondly, we are going to have to clean it when you sendit to us. Sand and sewing machines are not happy together. When we recieve a dirty kite, we have to spend time to wash it and leave it to dry. Drying kites takes a lot of room and time and time is money. A clean kite will assure your repair will be done quickly a less expensive.
Q. What else do you repair?
A. We will repair any kite equipment you send us. Our bladder repair is currently only done on when accompanied with a kite. We will fix worn chicken loop lines, bridle lines, kite lines, boards, etc. What ever you need repaired we will handle.