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In a recent conversation I had with another outdoorsperson (a woman), we were discussing zippers ... and, the annoying snagging ... the stiff-action ... and-so-forth.
I informed that I had much success with a synthetic lubricant I have used for years.
This product "Super Lube" ... (go to >>> www.buySuperLube.com) is nothing short of amazing.
I stumbled across it ... at the place where it is distributed, in Bohemia, NY (which is on Long Island). I was visiting my daughter, who lives nearby.
At the time, it was around $6 a tube. I began to use it on my construction tools, to prevent corrosion, and to lube machine-screw threads and sliders.
I was so impressed, I tried it on a few of my Trumpets and Cornets. Mind you, these are very expensive instruments, and I would not use ANYTHING that might compromise the close-tolerances of the metal-to-metal contact points on the valves and slides. Using the 'normal' lubes, it was necessary to clean and repeat the process regularly -- about every week-or-two.
Upon using this material, I had excellent results that lasted a few months, before I had to re-do. Even then, it was evident I could have gone longer intervals.
I began to use it on jacket zippers. Excellent results. Only a very small amount was necessary ... a daub about the size of a match-head.
I recommend very small amounts be applied to zippers on sleeping bags, and down jackets ... as, I feel too much might leach into the fabric. So far, no problems. A small amount works great.
I highly recommend this product for your consideration, to use on zippers (and a lot of other stuff). A tube will last almost forever.
BTW (yes, an acronym) -- I used to use Chap-Stick for this purpose.
Anyone else have good results with similar products? Or other ?