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Zipper Teeth Turned Green

abcameo | Posted in Notions & Tools on

Wasn’t sure which category this should be in.  I have zipper teeth on some rtw garments that start out as silvertoned but have turned green.  Is there any way to change them back to the original metal–hopefully permanently?  Thanks for advice.


  1. ThreadsMagazineWeb | | #1

    We've heard that white vinegar and a toothbrush can help to remove the corrosion. And there are treatments available to keep zipper metal from corroding, but some people opt for good old WD40! Let us know if that works. Good luck!

  2. abcameo | | #2

    Thanks for the tips. I'll give them a try. Wouldn't WD40 ooze oil all over my fabric?

  3. ThreadsMagazineWeb | | #3

    WD40 is likely not the best option if the garment isn't tough outerwear, etc. These are suggestions but we have not tried that particular fix. I'd say tread lightly if you're concerned about it oozing! Potentially putting some on a rag so that you can better direct where it goes or trying the toothbrush method to remove the corrosion and then cleaning it off with a rag/soap/water after would work? Again, this is all hypothetical. Let us know if you find something that works!

    Christine, Threads digital content manager

  4. Unpicker | | #4

    You need something slightly abrasive to get the green off.
    Try scrubbing with a toothbrush or nylon nail brush.
    If that doesn't work, then you can use toothpaste on a white garment or powdered pumice on colour. Wash it afterwards.
    It will probably return, unfortunately. It's due to the composition of the metal. You could always replace the zips?

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