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Old 05-01-2013   #1
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Dry Suit Zipper

I have a new drysuit that I got a good deal on and the zipper seems to be really difficult to zip. I was told by someone at a shop to 303 the gaskets and the zip but when I did the zip it seems to stick more than ever now. I washed the 303 off pretty good but it is still really sticky, I means it's a pain in the ass, there has to be something that makes it silky smooth, right?

Any suggestions???

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Old 05-01-2013   #2
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Old 05-01-2013   #3
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Here's what Level Six told me:
"The zipper is one of the most sensitive component of your dry suit. Avoid aggressive pulling, and NEVER force a jammed zipper. Keep sand and dirt out of the zipper teeth and the closing end. Clean it occasionally with mild soap, water and a toothbrush. Lubricate the zipper with a light coat of paraffin, beeswax or a zipper lube product. A dab of Vaseline in the closing end improves sealing. Also the zipper should be open when the drysuit is stored."
The Vaseline part sounds scary.
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Old 05-01-2013   #4
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i use zipper wax to lube it up. Your local river shop or dive shop should sell it.
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Old 05-01-2013   #5
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ditto on the zipperwax, and care stated above.thats the stuff. i got mine from NRS. solved my difficult zipper issue . i can easily close my drysuit zippers with only the expected resistance now. huge relief cause it was no good to have to have help to get in and out. reminded me of back in the day when i was learning, and could never get my skirt on my boat by myself. super annoying...!
btw 303 is for rubber or pvc products not metal.... i.e. rafts, gaskets, drybags etc... it is crucial for those products..
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