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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 zips

Zip sliders are only available as an online order item

Continuous coil Zip slider replacement

YKK Metal sliders for Continuous coil zips. Most board bags use the YKK "coil zip" size No. 10, you can check the size of your zip  by measuring across the closed zip plastic teeth, this is usually 10mm. indicating the zip size of No.10

Coil zip slider Size No. 5 (5mm zip) £2.95
Coil zip slider Size No. 8 8mm zip)  £2.95   
Coil zip slider Size No. 10 10mm zip)  £2.95  
 

Vislon Zip sliders replacement
Zip sliders

YKK Metal sliders for Vislon zips. (the original toothed style of zip) Most board bags use the YKK "coil zip", However if your bag has the Vislon style of zip you will need the Vislon slider. You can check the size of your Vislon zip   by measuring across the closed zip plastic teeth,
plastic teeth, this is usually 10mm. indicating the zip size of No.10,
No. 10 are nylon sliders and No.5 are metal sliders.

Vislon zip slider Size No. 5 (5mm zip) £2.95
Vislon zip slider Size No. 10 10mm zip)   £2.95  
 





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.

Soak 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.