How to Repair a Dry Suit Zipper

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How to Repair a Dry Suit Zipper
Chlorine, salt and other corrosive materials can build up on the teeth of the zipper, causing it to leak. (diver image by Pix by Marti from

Keeping your dry suit dry is impossible if your zipper does not close properly and allows water to leak inside. If you don't have any sewing experience, replacing a zipper on a dry suit can be a very costly procedure. Before you attempt to have the zipper replaced, you can try a few products to repair the zipper by removing unwanted dirt and salt particles. For multipurpose dive suits, you can also apply a zipper lubricant to ensure the zipper moves as it should.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Purchase a zipper cleaner and lubricant for use on wet and dry suits.

  2. 2

    Unzip the zipper and brush generous amounts of the solution onto the zipper.

  3. 3

    Wipe off any excess cleaner. You should see a difference in the colour of the zipper as particles and dirt are cleaned off.

  4. 4

    Zip and unzip the zipper a few times so the cleaner and lubricant is evenly distributed.

  5. 5

    Apply a multi-dive lubricant if you dive in a variety of conditions. This product should be applied sparingly, like chap stick, onto the teeth of the outer zipper.

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