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How do I free up a Zipper 'frozen' or salt embedded?

Discussion in 'Gear Bags and Cases' started by dmj5393, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. dmj5393

    dmj5393 Angel Fish

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    Can anyone give me advice on how to free up a metal zipper on plastic on my regulator bag that must have salt. Have a possible buyer for gear & hate to cut the bag...

    Thanks, :depressed:
     
  2. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

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    Soak it in (luke) warm fresh water for a while and that should dissolve the salt particles. Then slowly work the zipper until totally free. At least I think that will help. Worked on my boots.
     
  3. mustang_5l

    mustang_5l DIR Practitioner

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  4. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    Warm water. If that doesn't do it, try vinegar. WD40 will gum it up worse.
     
  5. muddiver

    muddiver Divemaster

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    Also, if it is a plastic zipper WD-40 will distroy the zipper.
     
  6. ibj40

    ibj40 Divemaster

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    I use an old toothbrush and warm water, and just gently brush along the zipper and occassionally try to make it work. The bristles from the toothbrush should help to dislodge and agitate the salt crystals, as well as controlling the amount of water you are applying.
     
  7. Teamcasa

    Teamcasa Sr. Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Toss it into a tub of hot water today. Work the zipper loose tomorrow.
     
  8. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

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    Is the Reg in the bag and you cannot get at it as is? I personally woul err on the side of caution and not apply hot water to it if the reg is still in the bag. Can anybody say if hot (versus warm) water can do any damage to a Reg (obviously the two terms are very subjective)?
     
  9. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    BINGO! We have a winner. :eyebrow:
     
  10. dmj5393

    dmj5393 Angel Fish

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    Thanks everyone. :cool2:
    The reg, spare, SPG, compass & computer are in the 'frozen' bag. I tried soaking but it was cold water. I will try warm water, vinegar & tooth brush. If that fails, I'll cut open the bag. Dive shop said they're only $20 to replace.
     

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