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Introduction

This guide illustrates common problems you may experience with the plastic tooth zippers in your life, and provides general information on how to best repair the zipper.If you’re not sure what type of zipper you have, check out our Zipper Identification Tool.

For replacement parts or further assistance, contact Patagonia Customer Service.

  1. Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis, Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 1, image 1 of 2 Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis, Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Before we get started, let's identify the basic parts of a plastic tooth zipper:

    • Slider

    • Pull

    • Stop

    • Box

    • Teeth

    • Zipper Tape

  2. Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • The teeth on this zipper are melted.

    • This zipper cannot be repaired and needs to be replaced.

  3. Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • The teeth are missing from the zipper.

    • This zipper cannot be repaired, so the zipper will need to be replaced.

  4. Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 4, image 1 of 2 Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • This zipper is missing the zipper box at the bottom of the zipper.

    • This zipper cannot be repaired and needs to be replaced.

  5. Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 5, image 1 of 2 Plastic Tooth Zipper Diagnosis: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • This zipper is missing the zipper stop at the top of the zipper.

    • Provided there is enough of the fabric around the zipper, which has been clipped in this image for visibility, you can simply replace the stop as shown in our slider replacement guide.

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Brittany McCrigler

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5 Comments

The link in Step 5 for the slider replacement guide is incorrect. It points to a Powerbook HD replacement guide. TG.

tgarrity - Reply

What if there's no reason other than one side of the slider came off?

Donna Brock - Reply

What about if the zipper zips up but the teeth do not keep closed. I.e. zip up the jacket, part of the teeth stay interlocked but from one point on the teeth become undone and do not lock.

Juan Umana - Reply

I have the same problem as Juan Umana: one tooth at the bottom (beginning) of the zipper is broken off, so the teeth won’t mesh properly and the zipper teeth stay apart. Ideas welcome.

Robin Cunningham

Robin Cunningham - Reply

These are the most common problems with zips. Even i am facing the #2 problem with my jacket

Thanks admin for sharing such information

Regards

Dentist Parramatta

Nishu Sharma - Reply

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