How To Fix Stiff Zips – Bring Your Old Gear Back To Life! [VIDEO]

Do you have old clothing or hiking gear that you’ve given up on due to sticky or corroded zips? Luckily, there is a very easy solution for that. Stormsure Zip Oil can make the difference between an item being useless and an item being fully functional. Here’s just a few examples of what you can use it on:

  • Jeans
  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Boots
  • Rucksacks
  • Handbags
  • Tents

…anything else that has a zip on it!

The video below will demonstrate a rucksack with corroded, stiff zips being brought back to life in a matter of a few minutes!

WATCH HOW ITS DONE HERE.

 

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Waterproof vs. Breathability

Breathable outdoor clothing is most likely to get sweaty and wet inside when used in wet conditions. If the outer surface of the fabric retains even the thinnest film of water  (it becomes “wetted out”), the garment can lose as much as 70% of its breathability. If you are being energetic and sweating even a little bit,  you will then get condensation forming inside the garment and it feels claggy or wet.  To stop this from happening, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) on the outer fabric of your clothing must be maintained and work properly. This will ensure that water droplets roll off the fabric immediately and the surface remains 100% breathable and the water vapour inside the garment can escape, leaving you dry.  All outer durable water repellency will eventually wear off and need to be renewed from time to time; one of the very best products for this is called “StormProof”.

Stormproof DWR water repellent spray
Stormproof DWR water repellent spray

The process is very simple and anyone can do it at home:  Wash the garment first and make sure all traces of detergent are rinsed off.  Stormproof is a water based liquid which can be sprayed on to the outside surface The bottle comes with a hand trigger spray gun attached. You can also brush it on with a sponge, or even completely immerse the garment in the liquid. Once you have covered the whole surface hang it up to dry.  If you can, tumble dry the garment as a little heat will improve the  repellency of the StormProof coating. I sometime use a hair drier if there is not a tumble drier handy.

I have tried Stormproof on many different fabrics and materials, such as cotton and nylon tents, Gortex clothing, fleeces, woven woollen jumpers and tweed hats to name just a few. Stormproof works well on them all.  I have even treated the wooden garden chairs so the rain water now runs straight off. No more soggy bottoms!!

 

A top Stormsure tip – Fiddly jobs and precision gluing.

I was having a tinker in the shed the other day, decided to start doing bit of tidying/mending as you do…  Now my shed is an Aladdin’s cave of half made bird boxes, shelving, rubbish, old cloths and shoes, tool boxes and other random bits that are no longer wanted from the house.

The tidying I can put off for another day. So….I got the various bits needed to start the mend – Stormsure flexible repair adhesive, super glue, hammer and nails bit of duct tape for the proper bodges.

I found one of my old leather jackets, it was a much loved favourite of mine once upon a time. But now the stitching had come away, one of the sleeves had almost completely departed. This would be my first job of the day. I knew I needed the strength and weather resistance of the Stormsure but the precision of the Superglue pen I had to hand. (I didn’t think the hammer and nails would have been much use for this).

I wondered if the nozzle from the glue pen would work on my Stormsure tube….Before nozzle

Eureka..!      It fits.

After nozzle

 

 

 

 

 

Heres a close up of the stitching being glued.  The nozzle worked great, so much easier than a spreader. No mess on my new old jacket as the glue goes within a millimetre of where it needs to be. The glue does not gush out due to the small hole at the end. Best of all the air tight cap keeps the glue fresh without having to use the usual trick of having to keep it in the freezer.

Getting those hard to reach places.
Getting those hard to reach places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had mine out of the fridge for over 3 weeks now; I wouldn’t recommend doing this however because it does say on the packet to store in the fridge or freezer.

 

Cycling to the Pub tonight?

I bought a new bicycle recently, with the aim of taking a bit of serious exercise. The bike design is great for the most part, but I noticed that there is not enough room on the handle bars to place the fittings for a front light. Also the seat fitting/position is not suitable for the rear light either, as it interferes with the mudguard fitting. Even the  struts down to the rear wheel are not cylindrical but tapering triangular sections, so they do not work with the rear light fittings.
My plans to cycle with some friends to a pub one evening and come back in the dark are being thwarted!
However, I have used some StormForm (our new product) and a bit of ingenuity, and fixed both front and rear LED lights onto my helmet.

StormForm is polymer which can be melted in hot water and moulded to almost any shape, and it then cools into a hard white plastic. It sticks really well to the plastic on the helmet and and after a few rides shows no sign of coming off.

StormForm is THE MOST USEFUL PRODUCT I have come across for ages!

So I should be visible coming back after dark this week end.  Does anyone want to try it out?

You can get  StormForm in a box of 70g and  250ml and 1 litre  tins  from www.stormsure.com

 

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Stormsure’s New Mobile Website

Now you can easily make a Stormsure purchase online using your smart phone. The Stormsure website has been adapted to work simply on small screen devices (iPads, tablets and smart phones) and it could hardly be easier to use. All of the well know products are available and can be purchased at the click of a couple of buttons. We have also introduced a number of new products and accessories and have a really exciting new product to launch in the summer.  Watch this space… Have you tried out our mobile site yet? Try this from you smart phone… It looks different to what you see on your desktop computer. IMG_5834www.stormsure.com

FANCY WINNING A PRIZE THIS CHRISTMAS?

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Due to our overwhelming festive spirit and the desire to know what your best repair has been this year we are offering the readers of our blog the opportunity to win either a 10m roll of TUFF tape or a selection of our repair kits!

All you have to do is tell us what your best repair has been to date, let us know by emailing sales@stormsure.com before 12th December and we will let you know who our winner is by the 18th!

Our You Tube site is a good place to start if you want any tips and tricks on how to mend the items within our growing range of repair kits, TUFF tapes, TUFF patches and Flexible Repair Adhesives.

GOOD LUCK AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

ONE FOR THE BEATERS!

Does anyone ever give a thought to the cold, hardworking beaters on a shoot?

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The ones that trudge through the thorny bushes and densely packed tree’s and mud to push the birds out.

Probably not.  However, here at STORMSURE we do!

We have a range of products that fix up those pesky rips and tears in waterproof trousers and coats, damage to expensive jackets and leaking footwear especially gumboots.

Our best selling Boot, Shoe and Wader Repair Kit is a brilliant product that transforms unwearable footwear in an instant.  It allows you to make a long-lasting, waterproof repair that is also flexible.

Boot, Shoe and Wader Repair Kit

We also have patches and tape that will make waterproofs waterproof once more in under a minute, great when your out in the field and need an instant fix.

Pack of 5 x 75mm waterproof patches
Pack of 5 x 75mm waterproof patches

And finally……  They are affordable, available now and quickly despatched.

Why not check out our range at www.stormsure.com and buy a few stocking fillers.