Blue Chip Express Repairs has the largest range of ZIP sliders in London
and the UK.
Blue Chip Express Repairs is the largest board & sail repair workshop
facility in the UK. We repair all makes of boards and sails here on the
premises to insurance standards. Most of our repairs are completely
invisible. All of our repair work carries a Blue Chip Guarantee..
Replacement Zip sliders - Saltwater and/or a salty atmosphere
can ruin most metal zip sliders and the zip itself.
Replacement Zip sliders:
The most common zips used for equipment bags are YKK continuous coil
Zip sliders are only
available as an online order
Zip slider Replacement
If the zip slider on you bag is beyond resurrection, even after
the Vinegar treatment, you may still be able to save your bag by
removing the old corroded slider and replacing it with a nice
bright shiny new one.
- First of all, remove the old slider
as carefully as possible without damaging the plastic zip
itself, i.e. the zip teeth...
- Once the slider has been removed,
clean the zip with good old Malt Vinegar. this should
dissolve any corrosion residue so you can clean the zip
teeth with a stiff brush.
- Now you can either un-stitch the end of the zip and thread
the new slider into place, (this can be tricky if there are
lots of loose threads getting in the way)
- Or you can cut an opening in both sided of the zip by using
sharp wire cutters and insert the slider at this point.
- Once you have successfully inserted the new
slider in place,
you must now seal the zip closed behind the slider so that
the slider cannot slide out through the insertion point.
this is best done by either stitching over the insertion
point or gluing over the insertion point.
- The zip will may now have a shorter opening aperture but at
least it will be operational again.
Zip slider Resurrection
If the zip slider on you bag looks like the image on the left,
you may be able to bring
it back from the dead and save the zip itself in the process.
the zip slider with Vinegar for about 5 minutes (we have found
the "malt vinegar"
seems to work the bet for some reason). Before your very eyes
you will see the corrosion dissolving,
then gently scrape off any hardened corrosion that has been
left. you may have to repeat this process 2 or 3
times as necessary. The image on the right is the same zip
slider after the "Malt Vinegar" treatment and is now running OK.