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Old 04 March 2016, 18:43   #1
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Frozen zip sea salt?

I have a frozen zip on my inflatable its all white around the zip head and therefore no movement is possible any suggestions or tips to get it working again
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Old 04 March 2016, 18:48   #2
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Warm soapy water for starters then spray with furniture polish and see how it goes
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We get this often with surfboard bags.

Spray the puller with any WD40 type spray lube. Try to pick out as much of the salt/oxidisation crud as poss with a small sharp tool. Loop a cable tie through the pull tag for extra tug.

Pull (both ways), spray, pick, repeat. If and when it releases, spray the whole zip and run the puller up and down the full length of the zip a few times.

Be carefully not to break the zip puller off, been there.
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I use vinegar when I get this on the dive bags. Drip in gently, watch is fiz, and gently tug the zip back and forth.

As soon as it moves clean the whole zip, lube and wash off the vinegar from the material.
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I use household lime scale remover
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X2 for Vinegar...then a little silicon grease will keep it slick
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Beeswax on zips works a treat 👍
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I use vinegar when I get this on the dive bags. Drip in gently, watch is fiz, and gently tug the zip back and forth.

As soon as it moves clean the whole zip, lube and wash off the vinegar from the material.
Salt and vinegar -all you need is the chips!
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