How to Choose A Replacement Zip Slider?
Whatever the object, if it has a zip and the zip slider is damaged or stops working, the object itself usually becomes useless. It is therefore important to have the skills and ability to choose the right replacement zipper slider. Here you will learn how to know which type of zip slider to choose in order to make it work with your zips. How to make sure it matches the size and type of zip tape.Before we continue, let's make sure you all know the basic anatomy of a zip.
Basic zip anatomy
There are two main parts to any zip - the zip tape and the zip slider. The zipper tape is the actual zip and consists of two matching halves with the entry material on one side and the zip teeth on the other. The zip head is the small thing that moves up and down the zip and connects the zip teeth or disconnects them as it slides in the other direction.
Then there are smaller parts: the bottom and top stoppers, which ensure that the slider does not come off, the bottom and top fabric extensions, and the insertion pin - a small piece of straight metal or plastic that is used to achieve the initial connection of the two halves of the zip tape.
The high-quality zipper slider can be further divided into smaller parts: the crown, the slider or slider ring (round or square), the body, and the throat. There are single sliders and double sliders (with sliders on both sides). Some sliders have an automatic locking function that allows them to stay in place, while others do not (non-locking sliders).
Choosing the right zip slider
Check the label of the slider: at the bottom of each slider, there should be some sort of label. Depending on the brand of zipping, the numbers and letters engraved on the zip slider have a deeper meaning. As these labels are usually small, it helps to use a magnifying glass. The numbers usually mark the size and the initials identify the type.
Type of zipper: If you are less fortunate, there may be no markings on the slider. In this case, you turn your attention to the zip tape. Measure the width of the zip teeth (when the two sides are together). The standard size is between 5 and 10 mm (markings #4.5, #5, and #10). In addition, check the zip teeth and find out what material they are made of (plastic teeth or large or small, then metal teeth).
Determine if you need a locking or non-locking slider.
Match the color: if you want the final result to look good, always choose a slider in the same color as the zip teeth.
Reverse slider and water/UV protection: in some cases, you may need a reverse slider (it has a label on the other side). Also, if you are using the marine fabric range, you may need to be aware of the water and UV protection and ensure you choose a slider that has it (if required).
We hope you find our guide useful and that it will help you choose a zip slider the next time you need to replace it.
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