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Old 06-23-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Soft Top Zippers

So after this past winter I've had an issue with my side window zippers. They seemed to have corroded together at the start of the zipper. i managed to get the windows off but the zipper wont seat right now and I've tried everything to resolve it. Local Bestop retailer wants 350 to put new marine grade zippers on which wont corrode. My thoughts were for that amount of $ I'd just get a frameless top. Anyone else have this problem or any suggestions?

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If you could post some photos - good close up pics - of the problem/damage it might help us to help you.

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Old 06-23-2010, 01:27 PM   #3
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I spray mine with a very little WD40. Works like a charm.
I've tried liquid detergent, a bar of soap, and a few other things. I even had to replace a few sliders. Best thing is try just a little WD40 on the teeth and the slider itself. You should notice a big difference.

You can get replacement sliders very cheap of the net and do it yourself.
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I spray mine with a very little WD40. Works like a charm.
I've tried liquid detergent, a bar of soap, and a few other things. I even had to replace a few sliders. Best thing is try just a little WD40 on the teeth and the slider itself. You should notice a big difference.

You can get replacement sliders very cheap of the net and do it yourself.
I've also heard some people go to upholstry shops or shops that just do top/cover repair (there is actually one right down the street from me, oddly enough) that will do work like this for fairly cheap.
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I've also heard some people go to upholstry shops or shops that just do top/cover repair (there is actually one right down the street from me, oddly enough) that will do work like this for fairly cheap.
Your right. When my zippers first started acting up, I called a couple local to me. Only one would mess with it and they needed the soft top removed to mess with it. I couldn't remove my top at the time, we had a hurricane on the way and I didn't have anywhere to keep it with no top. I had to get it back together within a few days. I told myself once that was done I would look into buying a new top but the WD40 worked for me so I still use it on the original top. My zippers still separate but the top has shrunk due to age. I'm trying to get as much use out of it as possible
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:08 PM   #6
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I put dry chain lube on mine and they are like butter.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:43 PM   #7
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anyone have a link to sliders that would work on a bestop top? I really just need to know if they are #10 zippers. I need to get my back window back on.
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:57 PM   #8
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hey, i was just reading about the zippers, i just purchased my jeep this year and my zippers are very tough, i will try the wd-40. thanks a bunch.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:21 PM   #10
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This is going to sound odd but I had a zipper issue on my jeep and took it to the Zipper Hospital. Not making the name up, that's what it really is called. The Zipper Hospital is part of a local dry cleaner. He fixed the zipper about three years ago for $10 and it still works great. Call some of the local dry cleaners to see if they or someone they know repair zippers. It beats replacing the zipper or worse the whole top.
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Don't use too much WD40. It will attract dirt. A dry lube or silicone would be better.
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Send me a message - I've got a couple links bookmarked at work that can get you zipper parts.

Pretty sure one is B-dco.com (BD Company). can't think of the other one.

We recommend using glycerin soap to lubricate the zippers. Works as well as wax, but washes away when everything gets dirty.
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And, now that I actually read all the posts, this is the other one I was thinking of. Thanks Neil.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:58 PM   #14
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I'll get some pics up in the morning. They actually seem to have gouges in them as if they had acid dripped on them. I've tried wd-40, lubricants and all but the zippers wont seat no matter how hard i try. The other problem i had about a year ago was one of the first couple of teeth on the zipper would get jammed after i zipped the windows on, so that i was unable to get the window off until i really tugged on it to where I almost tore some stitching....

BTW - the top was purchased in the fall of 2007. Limited warranty is only a couple years on it right???
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:56 PM   #15
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If/when you get it broken loose...use a crayon (color of your choice) to rub all along all the zipper teeth..was a trick I learned from a soft top "expert" it works like a charm, not oily and will make the zipper(s) operate smooth as ...silk
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:35 AM   #16
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Have you ever seen what happens to a crayon when it sits in the sun?
They're plenty oily. It's the wax in the crayon that's making them slide easier.

Silicone spray goes on dry, doesn't attract dirt and is as slick as you can get.

The MOST IMPORTANT THING is to keep your zippers clean. After running the trails, be sure that you clean them along with the rest of the Jeep.I usually wipe mine down with a damp cloth before I put my windows in then when I wash it I hit them with the pressure washer. Not hard enough to rip, but give them a good squirt to blast out any crud. Kind of like a water pic for your zipper teeth.

A soft brush (old toothbrush) works great too.

Another thing to check for is when you put your top up and down. it can get a little out of whack. Make sure it's evenly positioned from side to side. 1/4 of an inch to one side or another can make it really hard to get a zipper started.

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