Stuck Zips

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I have a stuck zip on the C/T it's on the wall that drops down along side the trailer and give's you access to the jerry cans and and water,What is the best thing to use to get the zip working. Thanks GREENDOG
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Reply By: cookie1 - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 15:57

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 15:57
I have found Soap works well

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Follow Up By: Fiona & Paul - Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 21:28

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 21:28
SWMBO always used bees wax every couple of weeks to keep the zippers flowing smoothly and it could help here.


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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 16:13

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 16:13
Try spraying with CRC or the likes

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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 16:35

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 16:35
Wd40 has worked for me in the past
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Reply By: Member - David Will (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 16:36

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 16:36
Hi Greendog,

Try silicon spray it works well with all zips and it does not leave a residue behind so it will not stain the canvas. Also dust will not stick to it, so when in dusty conditions the zips stay clean.

I do mine every after every second or third usage and it makes the zips work a lot easier and looks after them.

Hope this helps,

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Follow Up By: P and JM - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 17:46

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 17:46
Hi Greendog,

Before trying all the above why not purchase a 150g can of the correct spray, it's called EZY GLIDE by Selleys.
Today's price would be around $10-00 at supermarkets and hardware stores.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 21:51

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 21:51
Think Eziglide is similar to the silicone spray that David mentioned.

Greendog,

Just wondered if a thread or two of canvas might be caught in the zip, causing it to jam?

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Follow Up By: Member - Carl- Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 23:09

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 23:09
Greendog Bob and P&J almost have it right.

Selleys Ezi Glide is silicone spray but with a difference. Silcone spray leaves a residue and this will attract dust on gravel roads and make things worse for the zip.

Selleys ezi glide is the spray locksmirths use as it does not leave a residue and hence no dust is attracted. It is the most expensive however but worth it.

There are 2 types of zips "chunky" and "Spiral". The zip segments on chunky are bigger so you can tell the difference. A canvas manufacturers might use both so one cannot draw any common conclusions. I think spiral is better myself.

If chunky will not go together you can sometimes put some wood behind it and tap it will a hammer and this will make it go together.

Generally spray your zipper(with it done up) about one a month. Inside and out.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 08:42

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 08:42
This sounds like what we need. The zippers on out roof top tent are damned hard to slide. May be because it has only been used a few time but they are a pain.

What do you guys reckon? They are large and nylon looking.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 17:57

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 17:57
Had some dramas with one of those big zippers, Phil. Can't remember what it was on, but was really hard to zip, without keeping the zipper very straight.

Why not try some of that Ezyglide, or failing that, some of the silicon spray mentioned above. Could also wipe off any excess, to reduce chance of picking up too much dust. I got some Teflon grease from Whitworths, but think it would pick up dust and grime too easily.

Be a bugger if you couldn't get the tent open, and had to spend the night in the wagon, eh?

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Follow Up By: GREENDOG ! - Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 21:16

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 21:16
Thanks to every one for all your replys,sorry it's late i've been away for a week ,i'll try and chase down some of that Ezi Glide spray.cheer's GREENDOG
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