[Leather Basics] You can do it at home too! Emergency treatment for stiff zippers
This time, we will talk about emergency treatment for stiff zippers on items such as wallets and bags.
Metal fasteners are usually coated with the natural oils from our hands when used regularly, so they don't tend to become stiff. However, if they haven't been used for a while or if dirt accumulates, they may become stiff.
When the zipper is stiff and getting stuck! In such cases,
When using a wallet, the zipper may not open smoothly, and it can become bothersome.
In general, it is best to take it to the store where you purchased it or a repair specialist.
However, if you find the zipper is just slightly catching and you are hesitant to send it for repair, or if the wallet itself is old and you want to try an easy fix, then this is a method I would like you to try.
Candles as Lubricants
You only need a regular candle for this method.
First, brush off any dirt or dust on the zipper using a toothbrush or any other brush you have at home.
Apply a thin and gentle layer of wax, as if you are smoothly gliding it over the entire zipper. (Be careful not to scrape too hard, as it may cause the wax to flake off and create powder.)
If the zipper is severely stuck, open it and apply the wax in the same way on the back side as well. Then, gently stretch the waxed parts with your hands to help the zipper absorb the wax and blend in.
After applying the wax, make sure to open and close the zipper several times to help the wax blend well throughout the entire zipper.
If there are still some areas that remain stuck after repeating the process around 10 times, apply wax again to those spots and repeat the opening and closing.
Additionally, since solid wax is being applied in this method, it can be effective to let it sit for a little while to allow it to blend in.
The process is as simple as this.
Since candles are readily available at convenience stores and other places, it is a convenient method, isn't it?
If it doesn't improve due to metal deterioration or other factors
In most cases, this method will work to improve the situation, but if the sticking is caused by metal deterioration or other factors, there is also a convenient option called "KURE 5-56 Pen Type" available.
KURE(呉工業) 5-56 無香性 ペンタイプ (8ml)
Specialty stores for metal lubricants often have well-known spray types. However, using spray types can be challenging for applying to small areas and may cause dripping, potentially dirtying the main body. For those who prefer to handle the repair themselves, I recommend the "KURE 5-56 Pen Type."
The method introduced today is not a specialized technique but rather an emergency treatment that can be done at home. If you still feel unsure, I recommend not forcing it and seeking assistance from the store or a repair specialist.
That's all for today. Thank you very much.