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post #1 of 13 Old 08-24-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Lubricate stubborn rear window zipper

I just sprayed mine with Pam from my kitchen cabinet. Now I don't have to break my wrist trying to get the zipper around the curves.

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-24-2009, 03:45 PM
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I just sprayed mine with Pam from my kitchen cabinet. Now I don't have to break my wrist trying to get the zipper around the curves.
A fairly long lasting fix is to use a wax candle (I had a wax votive candle in my TJ tool kit just for that purpose). Just rub the candle along the zipper teeth while the zipper is open and it will lubricate itself as you zip it closed.

Also - I used circular key rings in the zipper pulls; they were free, the decent ones don't rust, and it makes closing or opening the zipper a snap (so to speak ). Car dealers, insurance agencies, just about every sales venue hands out key rings with their logo attached. Ditch everything but the ring and attach it to the zipper pull. Won't get in the way of storing the top or windows.

(Thanks to Jerry Bransford on the wax candle idea - he gave me that tidbit three years ago and it worked out very well).


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im a tad late, ok- a lot late, but ive also read that taking cheap hotel bar soap and rubbing it in the zippers makes them zip better.
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im a tad late, ok- a lot late, but ive also read that taking cheap hotel bar soap and rubbing it in the zippers makes them zip better.
You know we're talking about Jeep convertible tops, right?



Sorry, couldn't resist.

Yeah, soap can make a surprisingly effective zipper lubricant - and a good tip if you happen to run into an issue with the zipper and have limited tools . I don't know what's in the bar that does the job, but it's effective.

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Surfboard wax works too
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-05-2009, 02:46 PM
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Bee's wax works great too.
We use it when hanging iron and the steel is a tight fit,i always have a stick or 2 of it in my structural tool belt

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I use the drip bottle silicone lube for bicycle chains. It doesn't have any spray solvents to attack the material.
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you can also buy "zipper lube" at any boating supply store. rally cheap and lasts for a long time.



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Zipper lube

Armor all also works good if you spray it on the teeth before zipping it back up. That's what I use and the zipper moves easily.
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I kept a tube of Chapstick in the center console for this. It also comes in handy when the wife would ask me for some like I carried it. I would always proceed to hand her the greasy one to be a jerk. (Just my sarcastic sense of humor).

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i kept a tube of chapstick in the center console for this. It also comes in handy when the wife would ask me for some like i carried it. I would always proceed to hand her the greasy one to be a jerk. (just my sarcastic sense of humor).
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I always have a bottle of wd40 with me
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