Aging zippers - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 04-08-2013 Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Matawan, NJ
Posts: 69
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Aging zippers

I've started restoring and prepping a 1983 Islander 30 Bahama that has been on the hard for about two or more years (by my estimates). The condition of the zippers in the headliner is either partially open because the previous owner (and I in one case) managed to break off the zipper pull or on the verge of a similar fate. Two-part question:
--Has anyone devised a means for restoring the pull and zipper with some sort of fluid so that the thing won't fall apart?
--Has anyone devised a clever way of closing the ones that are half open because of breakage? Velcro?
I've been following the headliner replacement thread but it's a project I'd rather not tackle--at least this season.
Thanks
nestorph is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 04-08-2013
no longer reading SailNet
 
Alex W's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,309
Thanks: 2
Thanked 140 Times in 133 Posts
Rep Power: 3
 
Re: Aging zippers

Those headliners kept me from buying an early 80s Islander (the aging Volvo also had something to do with it) because I couldn't inspect the bottom of the deck hardware. I feel your pain.

I've had stuck cushion zippers on my Pearson and found an online trick of soaking the zipper pull in vinegar (using saran wrap to keep it there), then using silicon spray lube. That worked well enough for me to free them up. I broke off the pull on one zipper, but was still able to push the head using pliers.

If you don't want to do a full headliner now you could pull down the headliner and paint the interior of the deck white (instead of the dark brown that it probably is). The fiberglass that I could see inside Islanders (behind the vinyl) was generally very smooth. You'd only have deck hardware showing through, which isn't that big of a deal. That is a part-day project instead of a multi-day one.

I'm no longer participating on SailNet.
Alex W is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 5 Old 05-22-2013
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Aging zippers

I hope you did not ruin the head liner ! you can buy zipper pull replacements at fabric
and craft stores. Just find the right size, it works, than use marine zipper lube.
I am glade I did, you will be too.

1982 IB30 "Passat" Point Roberts WA.
Islander rendezvous! Deer Harbour July 12,13+14
hanscan is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 5 Old 05-22-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 374
Thanks: 1
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
Re: Aging zippers

Here's a link to zipper lubs. Sailrite also sells zipper cars.

http://search.sailrite.com/?freeText=zipper%20lub
TejasSailer is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 5 Old 05-23-2013
Large Member
 
GMFL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Posts: 294
Thanks: 6
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Re: Aging zippers

A little late reply but....Zipper fix write up...


Zipper Repair

Oh, that article is for an Islander 36, not sure if the zipper sizes are the same for your Islander.
GMFL is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
overhead zippers don sanford Pacific Seacraft 4 08-30-2012 11:34 AM
Need advice on aging SSB equipment Newport41 Gear & Maintenance 8 02-06-2008 03:12 PM
Aging Rigging tagster Gear & Maintenance 15 07-18-2007 11:08 AM
Boat aging ToeInTheWater Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 12-20-2001 07:29 AM
Boat aging ToeInTheWater Gear & Maintenance 2 11-20-2001 03:23 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome