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Old 10-06-2014   #1
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drysuit zipper repair

I picked up a PALMS EQUIPMENT Cascade drysuit and wonder if anyone knows any tricks to repair it or places to send for repairs. I sprayed the zipper with silicone to make it slide easier but the last 10 inches wont hook together. Any thoughts greatly appriciated.

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Old 10-06-2014   #2
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oooooohhh.... zippers are expensive to buy, and expensive to have replaced. i assume youre talking about the metal zippers like the ones found on diving suits. i believe palm is based out of europe, so i dont know how easy it would be for them to fix it, or if they would even do it. but it will be expensive. i have a kokatat drysuit with both zippers leaking(not rally bad though). kokatat said 150 to replace the relief, 190 to replace the front entry, and i said no thanks, i'll just deal with a little bit of leakage.

you might try a dive shop.
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Old 10-06-2014   #3
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If anyone can help it's Tuff River Stuff in Salida. They do legit repairs.

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Old 10-07-2014   #4
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Agree with tango...might try squeezing the zipper pull with pliers.
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I am lead to believe that palm uses a plastic zipper, unlike Kokatak's YKK metal zipper on the GMER.

I would clean the zipper with water, dish soap and an old tooth brush. Then lube with McNett Zip Tech. Check the spacing on the zipper car to make sure that it has the same opening size on both sides. On metal zipper cars, you can squish the sides closer together to make the carriage align the zipper better. I would also look at the zipper itself and determine if any of the teeth are misshapen or damaged, especially in the area where the carriage moves past the teeth yet does not close them.

I'd try Kayak Academy for repair first. Link: Kayak Academy You can also email them at [email protected]. I know they do a bunch of Kokatat repairs, but also work on other suits. Not sure if they can do a full zipper replacement on a Palm.

If they can not repair or replace the zipper, I would then contact Palm Equipment Europe. Link: Palm Equipment Europe. Palm can do it. I would ship it back to them in late November and hope to get it back by April.

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Thanks for imput, trying everything before shipping it out.
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