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  • #3504084
    Nick Smolinske
    BPL Member

    @smo

    Locale: Rogue Panda Designs

    I just wanted to share this with the community – I have found that Teflon Dry Lube by PB Blaster works better as a zipper lubricant than any of the usual suspects. I’ve tried graphite, wax, zipper-specific compounds and a few other options, and this one works the best and does not attract dirt at all. I haven’t found it referenced in regards to zippers anywhere:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Blaster-9-3-oz-Advanced-Dry-Lube-with-Teflon-16-TDL/202532762

    That said, I have only tried it on heavy duty #10 zippers on bike frame bags. They tend to stiffen up (with dirt being the primary culprit) and then they can become very difficult to close, with damage likely if you force them. I don’t know how well this would work on smaller zippers like on a tent. And if I were to use it on clothing I would definitely cover the fabric with something because it’s not easy to hit just the zipper with the spray.

    (I have no affiliation with PB Blaster, just sharing a good product).

    #3504126
    James Marco
    BPL Member

    @jamesdmarco

    Locale: Finger Lakes

    Teflon bike lube works well, too.

    #3504146
    DAN-Y/FANCEE FEEST
    Spectator

    @zelph2

    Thank you.

    Bee’s wax works well also. I no longer have an affiliation with bees

    #3504152
    Nick Smolinske
    BPL Member

    @smo

    Locale: Rogue Panda Designs

    I have actually tried both of those and found that they helped the zipper action, but also attracted dirt. The one I linked is the only one I’ve found that’s done the first thing well, without doing the latter.

    #3504166
    jimmyjam
    BPL Member

    @jimmyjam

    Locale: Mid Atlantic

    I’ve had good luck with bees wax. I got some bike lube, might give it a try.

    #3504298
    Stormin
    Spectator

    @stormin-stove-systems

    Locale: East Anglia

    WD 40.

    #3504328
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    If you use wax, WD40, oil, etc., you are likely to gunk up your zippers even worse, and then the attracted grit can prematurely wear and ruin your zippers.

    #3504336
    Stormin
    Spectator

    @stormin-stove-systems

    Locale: East Anglia

    WD40 is a degreaser, it will not attract dirt, just the opposite. It is also water repelent.

    #3504358
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

     

    #3504372
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    Its actually a penetrating oil (Originally kerosene and propane)

    https://www.wd40company.com/files/pdf/sds/mup/wd-40-multi-use-product-aerosol-sds-us-ghs-7-20-14.pdf

    it works on zippers sure, but so do other things, better.

    #3504373
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Apart from the secret smell, one thing that I remember about WD40 is that it was the 40th formula they came up with . Hence the name.

    #3504378
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    In 40+ years of owning and using tents, I’ve never had a zipper lubrication problem (that’s what she said).  Out of curiosity, what conditions create the need to lubricate a zipper?

    #3504388
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    ^^^

    In the First post –

    “That said, I have only tried it on heavy duty #10 zippers on bike frame bags. They tend to stiffen up (with dirt being the primary culprit) and then they can become very difficult to close, with damage likely if you force them.”

    Unless you ride your tent into the dirt, you probably won’t need a lube.

     

     

     

     

    #3504390
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    My myopic view of the world, and of BPL, once again outs me as a dunce.

    Thanks Greg.

    #3504391
    J R
    Spectator

    @jringeorgia

    There are a lot of lubricants that will work on zippers. It seems a lot of folks are trying to out-do Nick’s suggestion when all he was doing is offering up something for consideration. While in my circumstances I probably would not need it, thanks Nick for bringing yet another option to our attention.

    #3504393
    John S.
    BPL Member

    @jshann

    I have heard many stories of tent zipper failure due to dirt/sand, usually the smaller zippers. Most tent sellers give instructions for zipper maintenance.

    #3504395
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    Like teeth a regular tooth brushing prevents some issues and increases service life.

    #3504417
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

     

    Zipper Failure

    The wad in middle is nearly solid, probably because I used McNett ZipTech.

    #3624734
    John Yates
    BPL Member

    @yates

    Age and UV radiation seem to make zippers fail.  Lubrication helps.

    #3624744
    Lowell Mills
    BPL Member

    @farmhand357

    John, much appreciation for bumping this up and reminding me of Nick’s recommendation.  Based on his original input, I purchased PB Blaster Advanced Dry Lube with Teflon in 2017 and now it’s all I use and have recommended it to others.  What I especially like is that, unlike silicone spray, it specifically says it’s okay for use with plastics, which is about everything these days.  Thanks for the info!

    #3624769
    John K
    BPL Member

    @kaptainkriz

    I’m a fan of McLube SailKote

    #3624773
    Diane “Piper” Soini
    BPL Member

    @sbhikes

    Locale: Santa Barbara

    Parrots also make zippers fail.

    #3785469
    Lowell Mills
    BPL Member

    @farmhand357

    I only recently realized that PB Blaster dry lube has been reformulated to remove the Teflon (and PTFE).  It now leaves behind polyethylene and amide wax.  Any inputs as to effectiveness in comparison to the original ingredients?

    #3785480
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I know this was 2019, but how do parrots make zippers fail?

    must be a good story there

    #3785488
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    I would be wary of zipper lubes or waxes that could attract and hold dust or grit…

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