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

 

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

    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...

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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.
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    Wd40??

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    Warm water. If that doesn't do it, try vinegar. WD40 will gum it up worse.
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    Also, if it is a plastic zipper WD-40 will distroy the zipper.

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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.

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    Toss it into a tub of hot water today. Work the zipper loose tomorrow.
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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)?
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    Warm water. If that doesn't do it, try vinegar. WD40 will gum it up worse.
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    Thanks everyone.
    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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