Sticky zipper

Submitted: Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 15:33
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Anyone have any tips on how to stop plastic zippers from stickinng when they get a bit of dust on them. Specifically the zips on my canvas canopy. Whenever I travel a dusty road they tend to stick. Any info appreciated.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 15:37

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 15:37
Run a HB pencil tip(the graphite bit) over them. Works a treat.
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Reply By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 15:41

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 15:41
What about bees wax ................. we use this stuff or similar at work for zippers to stop them sticking........ not sure if it will work in dusty area but worth a shot.

Brian
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Reply By: Member - Hughesy (SA) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 15:44

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 15:44
Wheeler I've had 2 vehicles with canvas canopies. The first one had small zippers like on a tent and they were an absolute b*tch. I ended up getting a canvas joint to change the 2 rear zippers (which are most affected by dust) for big fat plastic ones for $50 and they never jammed up. Before that I used to use Silicon spray but it only atracts the dust. Should have thought of the lead pencil trick as Willem suggested. Also pays to blow along the zipper after you pull up before trying to open to clear the bulk of the dust.
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Reply By: Bugs - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 16:49

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 16:49
Hi

Try rubbing a bar of soap along the zipper teeth on both sides while unzipped.
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Reply By: wheeler - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 18:33

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 18:33
Thanks for the tips guys. I will give the pencil a go.
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 18:40

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 18:40
a candle is beaut too, something more robust that you can chuck in with your tent pegs and it is always ready.
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 18:54

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 18:54
Even use talcum powder in a pinch (when the missus aint looking).
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Reply By: hopscotch - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 19:02

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 19:02
A carpenters pencil works a treat and will withstand the rigors of the tool box. Also good for threads on bolts. Kevin J
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Reply By: Sarg - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:23

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:23
Don't be so miserable and buy some dry graphite powder in a squeezy puff pack to fix your problem.
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Reply By: froomey - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 21:06

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 21:06
hi wheeler

i agree with bugs, use a bar of soap, gives you a second use for it ,
the old motto when camping, don't take anything you just , think you might need, and don't take anything with only one use

froomry w.a
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 09:35

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 09:35
Silicone spray...
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Reply By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 18:51

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 18:51
Silicone grease in a small tube, from a swimming pool shop.
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Reply By: ellen m - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 19:52

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 19:52
little story for you.

5 weeks into 2 year trip around australia....5 weeks of bloody sticking zip on camper trailer....bad tempered red head misses (me) had enough..BIG DUMMY SPIT...I WANT TO GO HOME ...N O W...

calm bloke buys Ezyglide zip spray

4 years later.....HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.....no stuck zip

saved our marriage

good luck

Ellen
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Follow Up By: Member - Pedro the One (QLD) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 23:34

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 23:34
But ..... what did he use it on ???
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Follow Up By: ellen m - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 07:12

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 07:12
didn't think of THAT...must go get something out of the shed before the old man goes off to work....
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