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Old 03-14-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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Best Lubricant for Soft Top Zippers???

I'm looking to hear from people on what is the best way to lubricate the zippers on my soft top. I've heard of several different ways; oil, wax, soap, etc. Just wanna know what ya'll think


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Old 03-14-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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i've found that vaseline works the best. it costs $1.00 for a 55 gallon drum of that stuff and it has worked better than any zipper lube out there.

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Go to a bicycle shop and get any wax based chain lubricant.
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I was thinking vaseline would be the best too. Greasy and waterproof. Thanks
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i've found that vaseline works the best. it costs $1.00 for a 55 gallon drum of that stuff and it has worked better than any zipper lube out there.
You have a 55 gallon drum of vaseline??
I gotta come to your parties.

Anyway, I haven't tried it yet, but I hear that silicone spray works good too.
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:39 PM   #6
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You have a 55 gallon drum of vaseline??
I gotta come to your parties.

Anyway, I haven't tried it yet, but I hear that silicone spray works good too.
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i used wd40, also worked well, probably doesn't last as long as vaseline.

and gus that party coment was hilarious
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wd40 works for me. I might try the vaseline thing next time tho. I would think it might get a lil messy tho?
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wd40 works for me. I might try the vaseline thing next time tho. I would think it might get a lil messy tho?

i don't glob it on there i just take my index finger and rub a small amount into the zipper and onto the zipper mechanism, then i open and close the zipper a few times to work it through. it's really no more messy than spraying wd40. and it lasts longer too. i used to use wd40.
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i don't glob it on there i just take my index finger and rub a small amount into the zipper and onto the zipper mechanism, then i open and close the zipper a few times to work it through. it's really no more messy than spraying wd40. and it lasts longer too. i used to use wd40.
Yeah - I really gotta come to one of your parties.
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I use a mix of this:

Padimate, White petrolatum, arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, and white wax

In other words - Chapstick.
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:11 PM   #12
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Yeah - I really gotta come to one of your parties.
ya, i knew once i posted the "how to" you'd say just that.
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You have a 55 gallon drum of vaseline??
I gotta come to your parties.

Anyway, I haven't tried it yet, but I hear that silicone spray works good too.
I've tried silicone spray, it works OK for a month or so but pukes out after.
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That's because you don't have a 55 gal drum of silicone spray, goofy.
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i don't think that there is any product that will last an entire season. they sun dries it out or the rain washed it off. your best bet is trial and error. see what works for you. also different climates around the country will affect what product works the best and the longest.
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Personally, I don't like any petroleum-based lubes for the zipper, especially Vaseline. That type of lubricant will just attract and hold grit and dirt. A dry lube is best with plain old candle wax being superb. Just take a paraffin candle and rub the zipper teeth with it and it'll last a long time without attracting and hanging onto grit and dirt.
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Another problem with the petroleum-based lubes is they will stain your top from the back..... ask me how I know.

I never thought to use candle wax, I'll have to give it a try.
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i like the candle wax idea. i'm definitely going to try that.
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That's because you don't have a 55 gal drum of silicone spray, goofy.
Silly me! That's why it didn't last!
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Some plain white birthday candles would probably do the trick the best, plus it would be easy to hold and apply. Great Idea, i'll have to try that next time.
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tiny: how do you know petroleum based lubes will stain your top from the back??
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I'm a retired Parachute rigger I worked on flight equipment for 20 years when I was in the navy and now I'm quality assurance for the flight equipement shop that is doing contract maintenance for the Navy. The best thing to use to lube zippers is called "zipper-ez" you should be able to get it at a fabric store. if you cant get that use bees wax.

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Did you really buy a 55 gallon barrel of Vaseline for $1? What on earth for? Uh wait, maybe I don't really wanna know afterall.
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Did you really buy a 55 gallon barrel of Vaseline for $1? What on earth for? Uh wait, maybe I don't really wanna know afterall.
no, just an exaggeration. it was only 30 gallons .
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no, just an exaggeration. it was only 30 gallons .
Imperial gallons or U.S. gallons?
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Imperial gallons or U.S. gallons?

um, one of each .


when applying the wax (bees or candle) should it be melted or solid? should i do both sides of the zipper? w/ the vaseline i only do the outside.
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I use a mix of this:

Padimate, White petrolatum, arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, and white wax

In other words - Chapstick.
holy bat, f*ck-man! why didnt i think of that?! ur the man, thanks dude
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I use a mix of this:

Padimate, White petrolatum, arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, and white wax

In other words - Chapstick.
holy bat, f*ck-man! why didnt i think of that?! ur the man, thanks dude
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I use silicone spay. It works well for me. I usually apply it a few times a year.

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