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Old 16 October 2012, 18:04   #1
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Clothing and salt

Anyone experience problems with zips on clothing becoming stiff due to salt from sea spray ? And are there any products or techniques for getting rid of salt on zips ?
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Old 16 October 2012, 18:19   #2
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Anyone experience problems with zips on clothing becoming stiff due to salt from sea spray ? And are there any products or techniques for getting rid of salt on zips ?
Quick rub with a candle is what the dive guys tell me.
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Quick rub with a candle is what the dive guys tell me.
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Depends on what you're talking about. Salt can (and does) crystallize in the zipper closure, which in the short run will jam it up, and in the long run will corrode and split the metal slider. Best thing is a good rinse off with fresh water after every trip. Paraffin or beeswax helps to lube stuff up and gives a bit of corrosion protection (for metal zipper teeth), but doesn't take care of any remaining salt water that may be in the zipper.

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Had a few on board bags where the zips became clogged with salt. Left the zips under a hot tap a few minutes to dissolve the salt, dry off and then apply beeswax or candle wax.
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Thanks all excellent suggestions
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We have to replace most of our jackets through the zips failing then any other wear and tear. The cost of individual replacement zips, is frequently almost the same price as replacing the jackets!
Washing the zip mechanism in hot/warm water regularly and then treat with wax. Ordinary bees wax is great, dont bother going to a dive shop to get this, as you will pay twice the price.
Still dont understand why many of the big marine brands, still insist in using aluminium zip pulls, as they always corrode evertually, leaving the plastic zip sides intact.
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Steve - what jackets (wet weather gear?) are you using for the punters at the moment?
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