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How to Lubricate Your Waterproof Zippers

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How to Lubricate Your Waterproof Zippers

Zippers have a wide range of applications in our everyday life. If you are a cold-water diver, you know that a drysuit is essential to keeping you warm and dry under water. However, a drysuit is a significant investment that can cost $1,000 and up. If you do not properly maintain your drysuit, you will have to periodically service it, and that can be pricey, not just the drysuit but the zipper price will not be low. This article will introduce you some tips to lubricate the waterproof zippers in general. And we will also mention some of the cleaning process. So that everyone can have a basic idea about the proper care for certain type of zippers.

The former cleaning process

The zippers always need a good wash to make sure there’s no remains of contamination in the zipper after each use. Take the drysuit for instance, a good cleaning means you are supposed to wash off the drysuit inside and out to make sure the remaining sand and dirt along with other contaminants from the diving is entirely washed out. And remember to be extra thorough when it comes to the parts around the zipper. Plus, never force to zip it up if a piece of dirt gets stuck in it. Or it might turn from a stuck zipper to a broken zipper. Just clean it up and then do the zipping, or an amount of money will be cost to pay the irrational move.


After you cleaned the zipper, you’ll want to lubricate it to maintain a smooth slide.

Lubrication allows the zipper slider to interlock the teeth, allowing you to avoid the potential issues that we talked about earlier.

Here are some everyday household items you can use to lubricate your zippers:


Rub a white candle along each set of zipper teeth. Move the slider up and down to spread out the wax. Then, wipe off any excess with a paper towel or cloth.

Lip Balm: If you’ve got a spare stick of lip balm hanging around, use it to care for your zipper. Follow the same method as the candle.

Olive Oil

Place a few drops of olive oil inside the slider (not too much to make a mess). Then work the slider up and down the teeth to spread the oil across the chain. Wipe off any excess.


For more sensitive zippers, you may want to try using a graphite pencil. Rub the graphite up and down the teeth and it will act as a lubricant for the slider. Crayons also work.


The same Windex you use to clean your windows and mirrors acts as an excellent lubricant for zippers. You can spray the zipper and fabric around it with the cleaning solution and work the slider up and down the teeth. Be careful not to use this method on materials that you deem sensitive, as discoloration can occur..

The use of wax is only effected by the types of zippers - metal or plastic zippers. Do not apply wax on the plastic zipper teeth.

If you are a zipper manufacturer or zipper company, make sure to share these tips with your end-users to prolong the service life of the waterproof zippers.

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