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Replacement Zipper?

PostPosted:October 21st, 2019, 11:46 am
by Kennifus Prime
I have a true-spec khaki flight suit I purchased from GBFans a couple of years ago. It's been great, and still is, except I somehow popped the zipper and it broke one of the teeth in the chain. I took it too a tailor, but they couldn't repair it and said they couldn't find anywhere that sold a replacement zipper that size. I think it was 28"? I'd have to double check. Anyways, I'm trying to determine if it's even possible to replace the zipper as I'd rather not have to buy a whole new suit just because of a broken zipper. I've searched around Google, but no luck so far. Anyone have any experience with this or any alternative ideas (i.e. remove the zipper and add snap buttons?)?

Re: Replacement Zipper?

PostPosted:February 11th, 2020, 2:48 pm
by Paco
I feel your pain. I have a small flight suit for amigos in case they wanna rock a proton pack but the last guy who wore it broke the zipper. I posted it years ago and I still couldn't get any suggestions besides getting a new suit. I'd say go to a tailor (I live in San Diego so finding spots who specialize in military clothing is easy) and have them work on it.

Re: Replacement Zipper?

PostPosted:February 14th, 2020, 6:09 pm
by Macktacular
I have a similar problem, I have a suit that just has one wonky tooth on the zipper. You can use pliers to remove and reattach it, but I'd try that as a last resort - since the tooth is already gone in your case, it probably couldn't hurt to take a same-sized tooth from another piece of junk clothing and try replacing it, or from the very bottom / top of the zipper. If you take the tooth from the bottom I'd recommend getting a needle and thread and sewing the bottom together a bit just to make sure your zipper doesn't start coming undone from down there. I just have to get the courage to try it myself first.

Paco, is yours missing teeth as well, or is it just jamming? If the latter, try rubbing a graphite pencil led over the teeth like you're shading a piece of paper. Graphite can act as a lubricant on zippers and can help you get over those bumps / holes that sometimes open up - a few zips & unzips and things should re-align.