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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2003, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Zipper on soft top is stuck!

Hi,

I have a soft top made by ProTop (sp?). I found the rear window partially unzipped. Apparently some jerk tried to unzip the rear window, and the zipper got stuck (fortunately). I can't seem to pull the zipper back down. The top seems stretched so tight that the zipper doesn't want to budge. Or maybe it's something else. Anyone know any tricks for unsticking this zipper?

-Phil
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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

Convertible tops can shrink quite a bit when the temperature is low. You can try zipping it when its warm and you may have more luck.

You can also use soap to lubricate a zipper. Take a bar of ivory soap or something and scrape it along the zipper edges to make the zipper work more smoothly. You can try to drizzle a little liquid dishwash soap into the stuck part, too.

Your best bet is to get the excess tension off the zipper by warming it up. You might have to remove the top to unstick it if you cant free it up any other way. You could bring the top in your house to warm it up, too.

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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

Lub the zipper good, get out a hair dryer or heat gun and make the area around the zipper think it's spring [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Some times it takes a little while but it should loosen up it up enough to get it zipped.
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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

I've got the same problem. Thing is, its been doing it since summer! That, and even if I DO manage to get it done up nicely, the zipper has taken to seperating on its own now!

At this point, i'm just gonna talk to a local shop that does convertible tops, and see what a new zipper will cost! I already need some new snaps, so why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone!
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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

Make sure you get a full estimate before you say yes.
Some times it's just as easy to by a new top.
I bought a good snap gun, they wanted $5 a snap to replace mine, NO THANKS. The gun I bought is a nice one, since then I have used it many times, and helped out other 4X4 owners.
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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

If the zipper is coming unstuck its because the slider is bent loose or worn. What I have done is to squeeze
the slider a bit with pliers, to close the gap where the 2 zipper halves slide through. It makes it complete
the zip to full depth. I have fixed quite a few "broken) zippers this way and only broke one slider.(so far...)
I fixed my daughters sweatshirt just last week and my about 50 year old tent trailer zipper as well, a
couple of years ago. It works.
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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

Hey man - Where in Johnston County are you? There's a few of us here in southern Wake County.
Steve O' (near the Raleigh farmer's market)
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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

ironically I fixed my daughter's BArbie ski jacket last week by spreading the closer thing apart a little. it got squashed in her school locker door and you could no longer get the opposite side of the zipper into the thing to start zipping.

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Re: Zipper on soft top is stuck!

Hey Steve O',

I live the "Cleveland" area, which is west of Clayton. My address is Willow Spring, though, which seems a little odd because the Willow Spring post office is in Wake County.

I used to live in Raleigh, but now I live in the woods down here in Johnston County. It's pretty cool. I sometimes hear an owl hooting late at night, and there are these little lizards (anoles) all over the place. During the summer the bugs are terrible, though.

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