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Posted on: 3/27/04 9:34 PM
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Metal zips are notorious for sticking and being difficult to zip/unzip. These can be unstuck so that they slide smoothly by rubbing the metal teeth with the tip of a pencil, then sliding the toggle back and forth a couple of times. If the toggle still doesn't run smoothly the first time, just repeat the process of rubbing with the pencil tip then sliding the toggle until the zip slides smoothly ( a couple of attempts should be suffcient). Be careful not to get any of the graphite from the pencil tip onto the fabric.

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kmw said... (5/16/04 10:22 AM) Reply
Excellent tip! I could not live with out my trusty WD40. it can be sprayed on a small cotton rag and pressed gently on any metal surface. My old kenmore loves it!
Phoebe said... (3/27/04 11:25 PM) Reply
Good tip. Haven't heard of using a pencil though I knew graphite was/is an excellent lubricant. What also works well is soap or candle/canning wax. With the wax, one doesn't need to worry too much about staining the fabric (be sure to use white). I'll make it a point to keep a pencil handy.
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