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Any fix for frozen zippers?

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Any fix for frozen zippers?

Postby dreamshark » Thu May 31, 2018 7:56 pm

I have a nice beach bag with an insulated section on the bottom for snacks and multiple zippered compartments for towels, books, wallets, etc. Unfortunately, since our last trip to St. John, ALL the zippers have corroded and gotten permanently stuck. :( I tried lubricating well with WD-40 and wrenching at the zipper pulls with pliers, but no luck. Anybody have any tips for fixing salt-corroded zippers? I hate to just throw this lovely bag away, but with the zippers all broken it's not much use.
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Re: Any fix for frozen zippers?

Postby GidgetPicklebrain » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:42 am

Try a vinegar & baking soda or CLR soak followed by toothbrush scrubbing. Also silicone spray rather than WD-40. Lubricate with beeswax or candle wax.
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Re: Any fix for frozen zippers?

Postby nuendelcapecod » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:06 am

Please, what is CLR?
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Re: Any fix for frozen zippers?

Postby Suziekue » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:13 am

CLR is a cleaner, my Dad used to used it to clean the humidifier filter to remove chemical build up like calcified stuff. https://clrbrands.com/Products/CLR-Hous ... en-Cleaner. That link will get you to the CLR site you can check out the numerous products they have available.
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Re: Any fix for frozen zippers?

Postby GidgetPicklebrain » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:41 pm

It is a cleaner designed to dissolve Calcium, Lime and Rust.
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Re: Any fix for frozen zippers?

Postby dreamshark » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:36 pm

If anyone is wondering, I did finally get all the zippers working again, but it was a CHORE. I followed everybody's advice - used both CLR and baking-soda vinegar. Multiple times for each zipper. First I carefully painted the stuff onto the zipper pull, scrubbed at it with an old toothbrush, yanked at it with pliers. Eventually I started soaking the entire pack in solutions of various degrees of toxicity. I'm surprised the whole thing didn't dissolve. But I figured it didn't matter - without the zippers working I'd just have to throw it away.

Then when I got the last zipper working I bought some silicon lubricant spray and lubed them all. If I'd done that before the last trip, I might have saved myself some trouble.
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Here's what it looked like new. It's not quite this perky looking now, but still usable.
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Re: Any fix for frozen zippers?

Postby Suziekue » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:54 am

Thanks for the update, happy to hear it worked. Nice bag, I can see why you wanted to save it. :D
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