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Dive bag zippers.

Discussion in 'Gear Bags and Cases' started by cappyjon431, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. cappyjon431

    cappyjon431 Captain

    # of Dives:
    Location: Carrabelle, Florida
    Just took several of my old dive bags out of storage. Two of them had stuck zippers. I am thinking it is probably salt but I am not 100% certain. I tried blasting them with fresh water with no luck. I tried silicone lubricant with no luck. Any suggestions?
  2. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
    If it's just salt an actual long soaking may work better than a blast. Especially if it's plastic or nylon.

    If it's a metal zipper that's salty for awhile, getting rid of the salt may still leave you with a corroded zipper.

    I've heard of using vinegar or other things in a solution to help remove salt, and maybe even some corrosion.
  3. diverrex

    diverrex Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: LA - North Hollywood
    I regularly clean my metal zipper pulls with vinegar when they start sticking and that works. If they are really stuck soak the vinegar on overnight.
  4. divinh

    divinh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
    Probably more so for metal zippers... my mother had taught me when I was a little kid to use wax to keep zippers working well. The simple way to get the wax was to use a candle and rub it over the threads.
  5. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
  6. Manneca

    Manneca Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Memphis (TN, not, unfortunately Egypt)
    I had salt water corroded zippers on several jackets. I sprayed them with WD-40 and worked a bit and they all started working again. A bit surprised. I started with a minimally corroded rain jacket and when that worked, I went to work on zippers I had given up on. There is also a product for divers which is a lubricant/cleaner for zippers. I've started using that when I return from an overseas dive trip. (These were plastic zippers with metal slides and pulls.)
    mcohen1021 likes this.

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