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#1 User is offline   Jim B 

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  Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:08 PM

A no brainer maintenance tip. :drunk:

Zippers on Soft Top & Windows will get stiff. I've been spraying them with different lubricants but this is only a temporary fix as once it dries the zippers don't seem to work. :wine: We wind up pulling on them and eventually tearing up the zipper only to have to buy new windows... they are not cheap either. :beer:

If you are trailing often you might want to pick up a raggedy set of windows for the trail even if it is hard to see out of the plastic. Problem comes in when you can't open or close them, the zippers eventually will go bad. Quite a few don't use tops & windows on the trail... I have a family with young children that I wish to protect from the elements.

I've always had in back of my head that zipper wax has always been the best thing to use. For some unknown reason I always kept forgetting to pick some up. The other day I remembered that any wax or candle could actually be used. :moon:

Finally I said what the heck as... I asked the War Department if she had an old candle lying around that I could use. I was ready to throw out a set of windows that the zippers were not locking no matter what I tried to do.

Guess what, after I applied the wax I was able to save them both as these were my trail windows. One side of the zipper still does not work but for some reason the other side locks & unlocks all the way and that is all I need. :beer:

Here is the tool:
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I applied the larger side of the candle while the zipper was closed (at least in the areas that I was able to close), do not melt the candle, apply as is.
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I then unzipped the window and applied the sides of the teeth along with the inner hard to reach sides.
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Notice the build up of wax on the zipper buckle... this is good. This will actually outlast any liquid lubricant that you can possibly use.
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Don't wait till your window zippers get stiff like I did, apply the wax as soon as you feel the zippers hang a bit and you'll have zippers for a long time to come.

Below is a pic of the entire window... zipper is saved. :2thumup: You will notice that these are late model windows with extra duct tape added at the bottom for support. :cry:


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Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:30 PM

Good write-up Jim. I wonder if using scented candles would keep the interior smelling better?
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:58 PM

:rolleyes:
If you have a STUCK ZIPPER, dip a q-tip into OLIVE OIL, and just
touch the area of the ZIPPER that is stuck......not the fabric, and it usually lubricates it enough. DO NOT lubricate all of the zipper with olive oil or you will attract and hold
dirt.....

Like the CANDLE idea.........never tried that!
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 01:09 PM

I've used a wax lubricant before on my scuba drysuit. I've been paying for the recomended brand, might just switch over to the candle!

Great idea.
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  Posted 09 March 2005 - 05:25 PM

TheFlea, on Mar 9 2005, 01:09 PM, said:

I've used a wax lubricant before on my scuba drysuit.  I've been paying for the recomended brand, might just switch over to the candle!

Yep, I use to buy the premium wax for my suit as well. They even had a special powder for drysuits until I started buying generic unscented powder which has no chemicals in it to ruin the rubber just like the premium brand that is "labeled".

Here is another one... Dry ear or ear drops for divers $5 a small little bottle... have you ever read the label content? :sneak:
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 05:32 PM

vinegar and water :rolleyes:
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 05:37 PM

P.S. Use Bow wax (for a bow & arrow set up), it resists h2o & will last longer.
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  Posted 10 March 2005 - 07:26 AM

TheFlea, on Mar 9 2005, 05:32 PM, said:

vinegar and water :rolleyes:

I remember now, it was actually called Swimers Ears. Not exactly sure on the percentages but from what I recall, it was 98%Water - 2% Alcohol. What a money maker, people still buy this left & right at around $5 a small bottle. I just go to publix and buy the generic brand huge bottle of Alcohol for $.89.

Hey Rollbar, the Bow wax is not a bad idea either, how expensive is it? I kind of like the old candle, it's easy to rub & apply, how is the Bow wax packaged?
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Posted 10 March 2005 - 05:27 PM

Bow wax is packaged in a small round tube where U take the cap off & push up from the bottom w/your finger. It's a little bigger (size of your thumb) than the chap stick for your lips :2thumup: but w/the same concept.
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Posted 24 March 2005 - 08:00 PM

I use a cheap bar of soap to do the same thing.........
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  Posted 25 March 2005 - 07:18 AM

Bevis, on Mar 24 2005, 08:00 PM, said:

I use a cheap bar of soap to do the same thing.........

How long does it last (with rain & moisture) :cool1:

Another good alternative. :behind:
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Posted 25 March 2005 - 07:56 AM

I have been using vasoline. Will try the candle trick. Vasoline applied with q-tips also works great in snaps. :cool1:
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Posted 25 March 2005 - 03:45 PM

Vasoline holds dirt.
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Posted 25 March 2005 - 05:21 PM

:rolleyes: sorry :byehappy:
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