alpackaraft.com -- Alpacka Raft packrafts -- Always carry zipper lube in your repair kit; it is essential for the proper function and longevity of your zipper. In addition to ensuring proper function, lube protects the zipper from drying out and from UV damage. TiZip® Zipper lube is included, we also recommend and sell McNett Zip-Tech® Semi Solid Zipper Lube. In an emergency, you may use lip balm. Your Cargo Fly system uses twp types of TiZip waterproof zippers, one on the raft, and another on the inflatable dry bags. Each type requires different maintenance. Care and Storage:
Dry your Zipper! Bacterial Growth is your zipper’s biggest enemy. Bacterial growth will cause the rubber of the zipper to crack and leak. It is very important to fully dry your zipper after each use. The cloth backing of the zipper holds the most water. Dry zipper by leaving it open for a day in a dry area, and longer when using your zipper in warm or tropical fresh waters. In wet/humid areas you may wash the zipper occasionally with mild soapy water. Rinse well.
Once dry, it is very important to store the zipper fully closed in a relaxed position, not pinched or folded. Lubricate!
Take care not to scratch or stretch the zipper when loading. The long smooth edges of the zipper provide the seal. Take care when inserting the inflatable dry-bags; the dry-bag zipper will damage the boat zipper if it is scraped along the boat zipper edge.
Before storage clean with mild soapy water, rinse, dry, lubricate! Lubricating the zipper will keep the rubber from drying out. Make sure zipper is dry, lubed, fully closed, and not folded or pinched for storage.