Boat owners tend to only notice snaps and zippers when they stop working properly. To help prevent these mechanical items from becoming stiff and hard to use, owners can turn to Shurhold’s Snap Stick and Top-Snapper tool.
Clean and lubricated zippers function best, so boat owners should make sure to wash and rinse them when cleaning the rest of the vessel. Then, a couple of times a year, they should apply a lubricant and protection product, such as Shurhold’s Snap Stick. Easy to use, Snap Stick comes in a twist-stick form and won’t get on the surrounding canvas and surfaces, like a spray or gel.
For snaps, Snap Stick should be rubbed on the male stud end and then the snap should be closed to lubricate and protect both halves. This process should be done on all snaps, even the ones that are never open. This will help prevent them from seizing in the future. For zippers, Snap Stick should be run along the open teeth of both sides then worked in with the zipper pull.
The Top Snapper’s two stainless steel blades slip over a snap shoulder to snap and align the halves. The longer blade is ideal for fastening snaps from inside the boat, while the shorter blade is great for the outside snaps. Both blades work equally well to unsnap the snaps without tearing or ripping the canvas.
While frequently overlooked, snaps and zippers are mechanical devices that require routine, but simple, care. Keeping them clean and lubricated regularly will spare time and prevent frustration. More information can be found in the video http://shurhold.com/article/clean-n-simple/how-do-i-protect-and-lubricate-my-snaps-and-zippers/.
Shurhold’s Snap Stick retails for $6.48, while the Top Snapper is $19.98.
Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at www.shurhold.com. Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.
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