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Dive bag zippers.

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

  1. cappyjon431

    cappyjon431 Captain

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    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

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    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

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    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 Photographer

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    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

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  6. Manneca

    Manneca Barracuda

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    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.)
     
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