Unsticking zippers

mbowers

Active Member
#1
One of my biggest peeves is metal zippers near saltwater. They are going to corrode and get stuck. I try to use plastic or velco if I can find them but it's not always possible.

I was working away on a couple of stuck zippers and while looking for WD40 came across CLR (Calcium, Lime and Rust remover) . Put some on and the CLR started to bubble up so I knew it was working. A couple of doses and some moderate pulling with pliers got all 4 zippers unstuck in record time!
 
#2
Kroil. This stuff is amazing at getting metal things unstuck, and prevents them from corroding or rusting. Anyone that has a boat or works on old machinery would be wise to try this stuff out.
 

mtskibum16

Active Member
#3
Nice. Worth a look. Every year I realize I forgot to seriously rinse my zippers before hanging the waders up over the winter (or any extended time), and every year I get to fight with a bunch of frozen zippers. This year the zipper on the chest pocket of my waders looked especially bad. First tug and the ring that holds the zipper pull broke. I need to get it open to get a couple things out, but it will be pretty useless after that.
 

XP

Active Member
#5
Redington wader zippers rust and corrode extremely quickly. Maybe they should start selling CLR with them.
 

XP

Active Member
#6
Nice. Worth a look. Every year I realize I forgot to seriously rinse my zippers before hanging the waders up over the winter (or any extended time), and every year I get to fight with a bunch of frozen zippers. This year the zipper on the chest pocket of my waders looked especially bad. First tug and the ring that holds the zipper pull broke. I need to get it open to get a couple things out, but it will be pretty useless after that.
Sounds like a Redington wader scenario. I've done the exact same thing. Oh shoot the zipper is corroded! Better pull harder on the rubber- then they both break haha
 
#7
I treat the zippers on my waders with Boeshield t-9. I tape the margins of the wader material so that only the zipper teeth and fabric are treated. I still rinse my waders after every outing, and I haven't had a Redington zipper seize up yet. Try it.
 
#8
Cool advice, the zippers on my float tube pockets & Simms bum bag always stick, have been thinking about trying baby oil instead of WD40!
 
#9
Hi, Adam. I buy the T-9 as a liquid rather than the spray. I use an art paint brush to apply it to the zippers. I can saturate the teeth and fabric components which I dry with a hair dryer set on "low". The T-9 is a wax rather than an oil, so the application lasts a long time.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#10
LPS-3 would probably work also. That shit never dries. They pulled in a couple of older A/P to do some work on them When I worked at Boeing. They peeled the Blankets back and the LPS was still wet. The planes were old versions of the -3oo.
 
#13
Bees wax is a great lubricant for zippers. If that’s not available try a lip balm - it’s primarily made of bees wax. I’ve had luck with Corrosion X getting zippers free, but I appreciate the tip about using CLR.
 

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