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!




Be careful what you buy…

fullsizeoutput_4a17I was sent a tube of glue yesterday and asked to compare it to Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive.  This one is sold for fixing shoes. Apparently you get more for your money than with Stormsure adhesive.

I had a quick look at the label on the back, and was surprised to read in the first sentence that the product is “suspected of causing cancer”.   So you may not need your shoes to last for very long if this product is rubbing against your foot…

The reason Stormsure adhesive is a little more expensive is that:

  • Stormsure does not use cheaper chemicals which are carcinogenic.
  • Stormsure provides gloves with every tube of Stormsure glue to stop you getting any chemicals on your hands.
  • 70% of the glue you pay for in this tube is the carcinogenic solvent, which evaporates. So you are left with only 30% of what you paid for to make the repair.
  • Stormsure adhesive, however, is only 30% solvent. And the 70% solids which remain are much more abrasion resistant. That is important for shoe repairs.
  • Stormsure Adhesive is actually much better value for money in the long run. And it is not suspected of causing cancer.

For you own peace of mind buy Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive and be sure that your shoes, trainers hiking boots and leaking rubber boots can all be fixed safely with it, as well as furniture, woodwork, inflatables, tents, raincoats and thousands of other things too.

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!!


Stormsure and concrete

You might not believe it but Stormsure adhesive is great for making repairs to concrete.

I have a concrete garden ornament. It broke in half as someone tried to move it and it dropped on the floor. They made an attempt to repair it using an epoxy putty. However it broke again shortly afterwards in the same place.

When trying to reassemble it there was a problem of the old epoxy putty still sticking to one side. I chipped this away until the fit was as good as it was going to get. However there were still quite large gaps in some places between the two sides when they were held together.

I put Stormsure adhesive on both sides of the break and placed the two halves back together. I put it face down on a hard flat surface (and wrapped some string around it) to keep them in position while the adhesive cured. The next day I removed the string.  The bonding was very good but there were still some gaps which needed filling. I did this with a tube of adhesive with and precision nozzle.  Once the gaps were filled I dusted the adhesive with some dry cement powder. It sticks to the wet glue but dries looking pretty natural.  Any drips of glue were cut away.

The result?  A perfectly usable garden ornament which most people do not even notice had been damaged beforehand.Cracked Pot

StormProof Waterproof Spray

We have a GREAT new product for sale in 2016. It is called “StormProof”.

You can  spray it on to almost any fabric, from a distance of about 15cm or 6 inches, and then let it dry naturally in the air. (If you can dry it on a radiator or tumble drier that is even better.) Once it is dry the material will become hydrophobic. That means that water landing on the surface will form a ball and roll off – keeping you dry. Not only will it repel water, it will also help to repel oil and soil.

Use this product to reproof breathable fabrics.  It is ideal for use on fleeces, jumpers, raincoats, tweeds, woollens, horse rugs, car soft roof material, leather footwear, umbrellas, tents, awnings and so much more.
Watch these 2 short videos to see just how simple it is to use, and just how effective it is. It is available from Stormsure Ltd in the UK.    Tel +44 (0)3333 44 1500     email

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.