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    Default What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    That's one thing that I hate...

    Putting my cover on and taking it off...especially during cold weather...
    Any suggestions I can use to make my cover snaps, snap on and off
    easier?

    thanks

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I've always used Vaseline ....

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I second vaseline. That's what I use.
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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I've heard Chap-Stick works good.
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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    Almost everyone I know uses vasoline (petroleum jelly) on snaps and zippers. There are silicone greases and sprayon lubricants like vasoline too. Choose what silicone type lube you like but good old petroleum jelly works as good as any and it's super cheap.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    Quote Originally Posted by fishrdan View Post
    I've heard Chap-Stick works good.
    Yes, it does. And it's not messy, either.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    wax also works. good ole block of parafin from grocery store.
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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I've used petroleum jelly (found in Vaseline and various lip balms) and someone recommended Lemon Pledge.

    You don't want to use anything that will foul the canvas.
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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I use a plain old bar of soap, works great on zippers too. Might as well use the grease gun if your using vaseline.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    Soap is mostly water, is slightly acidic and sometimes contains salt.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    Second the vote for parafin wax. I use it on the zippers (boat cover, tents, sleeping bags etc etc) and the dome snaps. Doesn't leave a greasy residue and lasts longer than soap.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    Are you aware of the neat little hand tool made just for snapping covers on?
    I've have not used one yet myself, no arthritis (knocking on wood)
    I think they're available right here at the Iboats store.
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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    Chap stick for the snaps and lemon pledge for the ensglass and upolstry.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I used to use a standard white candle on my old 230Aft cockpit cover. I'd ring the snap (on the canvas), as well as the perm. mounted pieces. This was what the previous owner had done and what was recommended by the canvas shop that had made the cover (they even supplied the candle).

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    when I wax the boat I take a little dab and apply it to each snap.
    Thats like wiping your butt before you go. You can do it, but it just don't make any sense.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    West Marine or ******** sell a tool for easy snap removal. Check with them.

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    The best thing I found to use on snaps is wax (paraffin, chap stick, candle etc.) I have the same snaps on my rain gear and have been using waxes for years. I also commercial fish and wear rain gear almost daily.

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    try a shot of graphite in a can, it wont melt in the sun.
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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I used to use a pencil drawn up and down the zipper...

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    Default Re: What can I use to lubricate my boat cover snaps?

    I use one of those tools. Here's a link: http://www.iboats.com/Top_Snapper/dm...view_id.352168

    Gives you a little piece of mind when you feel like you're stretching the fabric a little unsnapping a difficult corner.

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