How to free a reluctant zipper?

Discussion in 'Care / Preservation' started by Naphtali, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Naphtali

    Naphtali New Member

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    I just acquired an Aero Longshoreman in excellent condition, except for its quilt-rayon lining along the bottom interior. Its horsehide is thick enough to be body armor. . . which brings me to its brass zipper. The zipper is in good condition, but either it is sticking or its surrounding horsehide is so thick that zipper action is sluggish.

    My first thought after verifying everything is clean was to apply a small quantity of Break-Free CLP® to zipper's fastener and teeth, then cycle the fastener several times to be sure lubricant would be thoroughly spread. My next thought was: Ask for a solution from people who have substantial experience with jackets of this type.

    What need be done to render the zipper easier to use?
     
  2. ButteMT61

    ButteMT61 Well-Known Member

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    Zip the snot out of it, or use some candle wax. Just take a candle, and run it along the teeth on both sides.
     
  3. robrinay

    robrinay Member

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  4. Naphtali

    Naphtali New Member

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    I solved the problem by replacing the zipper with the largest zipper Stan Logan could obtain. Not only did larger teeth render use easier, larger zipper pull piece enhanced ease. And lastly, he affixed a strip leather pull tab to zipper pull. Overall result is a ridiculously heavy, warm, attractive jacket with enough "miles" on it to give it character.
     

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