Zipper Lube

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rono007, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. Rono007

    Rono007 New Member

    796
    Dec 17, 2009
    Danbury, CT
    2001 SR 230BR Signature Series
    7.4L Bravo III
    Hi...

    I read that I shouldn't use WD40 to lube the zippers on my camper top as it may/will stain the canvas.

    The camper top has never been used in the life of the boat and some of the zippers are stuck.

    What have you used to lube zippers on your canvas?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Ron, I take a rag with Vaseline on it to do mine. :thumbsup:
     
  3. Redhook98

    Redhook98 New Member

    893
    Aug 28, 2008
    Potomac River
    2000 Velocity 260
    496 HO, Bravo IX
    Or chapstick....
     
  4. wvsundancer

    wvsundancer New Member

    651
    Apr 12, 2010
    Charleston, WV
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496 MAG
    while you are at it it is not a bad idea to lube your snaps as well
     
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Use whatever you can to get them unstuck - just be careful to keep it away from the actual canvas (keep the zipper lower than the canvas so gravity doesn't help the "whatever" soak towards the canvas. Use just a little bit, too - otherwise it may wick towards the canvas no matter what.

    For what it's worth, my 1st choice would be PB Blaster.

    Once it's free, rinse it off real well with a degreaser and water.

    For lubing them, stay away from anything greasy as that will just attract dirt. My preference here is beeswax which can be purchased from a craft store - usually a 1lb block is under $10. Although, you really only need a fraction of that. Rub it into the zipper, then work the zipper back and forth a few times. Works great on the snaps, too (rub it onto the male thread). That 1lb block will likely last you the rest of your life and you can even will it to your kids.
     
  6. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
  7. Dasch Boat

    Dasch Boat Member

    567
    Jan 3, 2010
    Long Island
    2003 380 DA
    8.1 Horizons ZF 63IV
    V Drives
    Ditto on the Starbrite
     
  8. uraldyx

    uraldyx Member

    228
    Jul 15, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    1999 210 BR
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser w/Alpha 1 Drive
    240 HP
    Great timing. I need to do this on my jeep zippers as it gets warmer.
     
  9. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
  10. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
  11. Fishnut

    Fishnut Member

    509
    Jan 30, 2008
    Bonita Springs, Florida
    2006 240 Sundancer
    5.0 Mercruiser with Bravo III Drive
    I have had good luck with silicone spray.
     
  12. flarepoman

    flarepoman Banned

    390
    Jul 18, 2008
    More idiots here to
    boatless
    boatless
    Ditto chapstick and use a crayon on a hot hot day to seal the treads that leak in your top. works great.

    Rick
     
  13. Rono007

    Rono007 New Member

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    Dec 17, 2009
    Danbury, CT
    2001 SR 230BR Signature Series
    7.4L Bravo III
    Now THAT I have never heard of. How do you do that?
     
  14. billnpat

    billnpat New Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati
  15. andy k

    andy k Member

    401
    Feb 7, 2009
    Door County, Wisconsin
    1998 3075
    2 x Mercury 5.7 carb
    I jut had my canvas repaired at a local canas shop and he suggested silicone spray for the zippers.
     
  16. billnpat

    billnpat New Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati

    Some at the marina use Armour all.........
     
  17. Go Aweigh2452

    Go Aweigh2452 Active Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Olalla, WA
    its in my signature
    6.2 Horizon MPI w/guardian system
    Been boating longer than all these fancy gadgets have been around and been using a simple candle stick to lube my zippers AND snaps. I buy the white ones about 4" long and keep a couple in my emergency kit. So far so good and that's been since the mid 60's...
     
  18. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    Ditto on the candle sticks, and store them in your ditch bag
     
  19. billnpat

    billnpat New Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati

    I just happen to have 3 of them

    Thanks.....:thumbsup:
     
  20. Uplate

    Uplate New Member

    977
    Oct 13, 2008
    Nashville, TN. Percy Priest Lake
    1998 Sea Ray Sundancer 310
    Westebeke 4KW Generator
    Twin 5.7 Mercruiser Carbuerated.
    Alpha 1 Drives
    Same here as my canvas guy told me the same thing..Wax.

    It will not attract dirt like liquids he says. Seems logical and works great. Dirt cheap as well.
     

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