Wing Strut Repair
Inflatable wing struts make up the structural frame of your wing and we are fully equipped to repair any damages. Mainly constructed out of Dacron, Aluula or PentaTX with internal PU bladders fitted, the struts are pumped at high air pressures. Most modern struts are indestructible as long as the integrity of the fabric is not damaged by sharp object such as shells or your board’s foil. Unfortunately, many damages are usually small and unnoticed until a sudden loud bang. The end result are large rips and tears in the Dacron and bladder.
We are capable to repair any damages including your bladder. For any strut repair, we first open the closing seam and with the help of our backlit table and a special ripstop tape we line up the fibers and glue the ripped material back together. Once taped, we apply Insigna cloth fabric to the outside covering the damaged area generously. The inside is being reinforced with 175 Dacron, applied with high quality transfer tape. Depending on the location we secure the patches with either our 3 step zigzag or straight stitch sewing machine. The repair is a strong as the original material and is very unlikely to fail. Depending on the condition of the material in the closing seam area, we apply reinforcement before gluing and sewing the seam back up with our walking foot machine.
The biggest challenge with wing strut repairs is colour matching. Each brand comes out with new colors all the time and we have only limited access to the material. We will try our best and contact you before the repair should we really struggle to find an acceptable splution.
As a rule of thumb, all damages even if they look tremendous bad can be repaired. Should your wing suffered a major blowout and you are unsure if we can work our magic, please feel free to send us some pics and we are more than happy to give you a quotation based on the pictures.