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#146430 - 08/29/08 12:18 AM Zipper Lube....
Andy Offline

Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 378
Loc: SE PA

Looking for recommendations on a good lubricant for zippers, both metallic and nylon. Looking to make them easier to pull and quieter. I know some are supposed to be self-lubricating but but they can still be stff and noisy.

Not a hot button issue, but would appreciate greatly some suggestions.


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#146432 - 08/29/08 12:35 AM Re: Zipper Lube.... [Re: Andy]
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
I have always used candle wax...a rub up and down the zipper and it smooths it right out.

#146433 - 08/29/08 12:38 AM Re: Zipper Lube.... [Re: Schwert]
bacpacjac Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3601
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Try candle wax or soap. Just rub it on both sides of the zipper.

Edit: Oops! Sorry Schwert!

Edited by bacpacjac (08/29/08 12:39 AM)
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#146441 - 08/29/08 01:30 AM Re: Zipper Lube.... [Re: bacpacjac]
pforeman Offline

Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 194
Loc: Iowa
Dad and Grandpa always said to use a pencil. The graphite will work as a lube on zippers. Also, check with a big fabric shop, they may have some ideas too.

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#146445 - 08/29/08 01:48 AM Re: Zipper Lube.... [Re: Andy]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Kinda messy, but silicone spray...

#146512 - 08/29/08 03:25 PM Re: Zipper Lube.... [Re: ]
Colourful Offline

Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 86
Loc: Yukon
Scent-free soap or candle wax works and won't attract bears and other animals. I'm also carefull not to bend zippers too much when I pack clothes.


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