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Lubricating zips
« on: December 15, 2018, 04:01:56 pm »
I have a venerable Polaris, Buffalo style cycling top, with long ventilation zips at the sides, these zips are intended to enable you to adjust the level of ventilation as you go. They have become sticky and difficult to move with one hand, any ideas on how I can lubricate them to restore their function?

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Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2018, 04:08:05 pm »
rub with a candle or use a WD40 pen. I picked one of these up recently and works ok.

Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2018, 04:26:57 pm »
+1 for the candle, or beeswax.
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Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2018, 04:27:56 pm »
HB pencil.  Rub the graphite on both sides. and it'll work a treat.  My  Mum told me that one,  she was a tailoress.

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Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2018, 04:31:22 pm »
+1 for the pencil
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2018, 05:01:05 pm »
Silicone spray FTW. I use one that's sold as non-marking for fabric like this, but I doubt it is any different, can be sourced at any plumbers merchant. Works a dream on sticky curtain tracks, shower doors etc etc.

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Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2018, 05:14:14 pm »
I use a pencil.

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Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2018, 05:14:40 pm »
Candle wax is good for sticky drawers (the furniture kind).
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2018, 05:16:31 pm »
Plastic teeth? Furniture polish (most have silicone in them).
Brass teeth? Graphite powder / pencil.

Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2018, 07:35:42 pm »
Silicone spray FTW.
+1
I use the Terra Nova zip lube: https://www.climbingdirect.co.uk/terra-nova-zip-and-pole-lube-1236-p.asp
but I expect any generic silicone spray will do as well
(N.B. seems to be NOS only)

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Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2018, 04:59:21 pm »
Soap works well.

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Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2018, 08:14:55 pm »
squirt chain lube

Re: Lubricating zips
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2018, 11:56:37 am »
snap and zipper lube. comes in a tube, lasts forever.
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