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Zipper channel bead

aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,907 ✭✭✭✭✭
I have about 3 inches of the zipper bead that‘s pulled out of the channel. Any tips on getting it back in? I tried to get it in by hand but the channel is pretty stiff. I was thinking once I get the shrink wrap off I can heat the channel with a heat gun then use a blunt punch and hammer to get it back in. Would rather not have to pull it all off and slide it back in.


2008 330EC

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    mattiemattie Member Posts: 1,264 ✭✭✭✭
    Heat gun on low setting should work like a peach.
    246BR, 276BR, H310BR current
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    mattiemattie Member Posts: 1,264 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    If you do have to pull it out & refeed the strip thru - use some silicone spray lube in the channel beforehand. Done that in past, works well.



    246BR, 276BR, H310BR current
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,907 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks @mattie !
    2008 330EC
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    Liberty44140Liberty44140 Member Posts: 4,350 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yea you should be able to pull it all down to the end of the track and re pull it in
    07' Cruisers 390 (Previous Rinker's: 06' 342EC & 01' 310FV)

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    Dream_InnDream_Inn Member, Moderator Posts: 7,589 mod
    I pull mine entirely out each year and scrub it clean, then spray a little silicon spray in the track and it goes in much easier.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

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    davidbrooksdavidbrooks Member Posts: 1,363 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    I would be wary about using a heat gun on it.  Even at a low setting my heat gun is pretty dam hot.  That piece is pretty firm and once warped it is going to be interesting to get it straight and even again.  Mine slides in from the bottom.  I would just unzip that panel and slide it back in again from the bottom.  If the bead is frayed you might need to trim it a little and like others said put some silicon on it.
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    Liberty44140Liberty44140 Member Posts: 4,350 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Agree with David. Those tracks are made of PVC and the heat could dry out the plasticizers that make it bend. Once these tracks dry out (and they will dry out over time) they start to chip. Better to just slide it out. 
    07' Cruisers 390 (Previous Rinker's: 06' 342EC & 01' 310FV)

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    YYZRCYYZRC Member Posts: 4,983 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020
    I had to reinstall all of the zipper bead when my boat arrived after transport and it was no big deal.  I agree with the above two comments - do it right (as you always do)!
    2008 350 EC on Georgian Bay
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,907 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I figured I’d try the heat gun quick. Worked like a charm, it softened up the plastic enough to push the bead in. Once it was in I hit it with the heat gun again and whatever plastic cooled a little off, went back into position.


    2008 330EC
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