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Old 11-22-2015, 09:01 AM   #1
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Plastic zipper lube

What is the best lube for plastic zippers in canvas work?
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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I use a chapstick. But you may want to look in the "DIY Canvas Tips, Tricks, Recommendation" thread and see if any of the experts have mentioned their thoughts on the subject.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:20 AM   #3
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What is the best lube for plastic zippers in canvas work?
Take your choice!


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Old 11-22-2015, 09:52 AM   #5
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I use a purpose made snap/zipper lube called Snapstick. It looks like a large Chapstick. It works really well and the Chapstick like package is extremely convenient.

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Canning wax that you can buy at most grocery stores. Cheap.
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A simple stick candle works perfect!

Shop Alexander Taron 4-Pack 4-in White Candle Stick at Lowes.com
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:24 PM   #8
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What is the best lube for plastic zippers in canvas work?
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I used many of the methods suggested here over the yrs and bottom line most any of them work well.

I keep a tube of silicone grease aboard and used it for many applications - A dab on a finger applies it fairly well to zips.

"Chapstick" or any lip balm works well - Vaseline for lips (tube w/ small "nozzle") also works well.

I try to avoid specialized / single application product(s) if a generic will work.

The key for me was APPLY SPARINGLY - a little goes a long way - you don't want it to get on the fabric as it will likely leave a stain / discoloration.
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Canning wax that you can buy at most grocery stores. Cheap.
I use bees wax. Cheap in a semi solid block. stores easily.
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Bar soap works for during the season, In spring I spray zippers with WD-40 or similar.
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Always used wax. Anything with oil or oil w propellant will stain canvas.
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Cheapest bees wax is a toilet seal ring for a dirt house toilet.

About $2.00 any hardware store or home cheapo.
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Cheapest bees wax is a toilet seal ring for a dirt house toilet.

About $2.00 any hardware store or home cheapo.
Bees wax also works well treating leather boat shoes - keeps the leather soft and water repellent. Apply it sparingly and spread / rub in vigorously - warming in the sun etc helps.
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Boating stores sell products for this. I use the one made by Starbrite.
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Boating stores sell products for this. I use the one made by Starbrite.
Yes, this is true, however, it cost multiple times more than a simple bees wax candle which works extremely well. I've been using candles on zippers for decades with great success. Even the basic paraffin wax candle will do just fine. Just Sayin'
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Purpose made products have UV inhibitors built in.


Yes, a candle is probably cheaper than a tube of zipper lube, but the difference is not significant to me. If the zipper lube was $20, it might make a difference.
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Ask a Kiwi what they use
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