Thursday, May 02, 2013

Marine Product Review: Zipper Wax

In this week’s Marine Product Review, we tested Bees Knees Zipper Wax...

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Bees Knees Zipper Wax Review

Zippers are one of those things that we use every day and tend to take for granted... until they don’t work. If you have ever used pliers to free up a stuck zipper (like I have!) you know exactly what I’m talking about.

People who spend time on the water have lots of zippers in their lives. We depend upon the zippers on important and expensive gear like: dodgers & canvas, foul weather gear, tackle boxes, the list goes on.

Bees Knees Zipper Wax
I recently tried Bees Knees Zipper Wax on my ‘boating zippers’ and was extremely impressed with the result. Here’s how it works: Bees Knees Zipper Wax comes in a 2.5” circular cake that comes in a convenient plastic storage case. It fits easily in a pocket or drawer. It’s compact and easy storage on any boat.

I rubbed the Bees Knees wax along both the front and back sides of the zippers on my boat’s dodger (Catalina 309), my Gill foul weather jacket and my Calcutta fishing tackle bag. The process took only a few seconds and was simple (check out the video below). You only need a tiny bit, no big globs or residue. The result was a clean coating on the zippers that made the action noticeably smoother and faster.

The zipper on my tackle bag gets especially crusty, this coating will be the perfect panacea for this as I store it for the winter and subject it to the elements next Spring. It will definitely prolong the life of the tackle bag. The ‘wind screen’ portion of my dodger rolls up with two zippers on either side. These have always given me a bit of a struggle every time I use them. I actually have a bent zipper pull to prove it! After applying just one thin coating of Bees Knees, the zippers worked effortlessly... a huge improvement. Bees Knees Wax makes your zippers glide smooth as silk.

Although the focus of this review was on the boat related zippers, I couldn’t help applying some to my kid’s hockey bags, back packs and winter jackets. Same result. The uses of Bees Knees are countless beyond the boat applications that I tested!

Here are a few things we like about Bees Knees Zipper Wax.

•    It’s 100% Natural
•    One Bee’s Knees cake will last you a loooong time. If you see it on the zipper you have used too much. You just glide it up and down the zipper. Using the minimum gets you the maximum!
•    Bees Knees is Made in the USA
•    Use it on lines to get a great grip and keep the lines from getting briney!
The Bottom Line
Bees Knees is a product that belongs aboard every boat or in every sail bag. The uses are many, the results are exceptional, and it’ll keep your expensive gear working like new. We go to great lengths as boaters to protect our stuff from the harsh marine environment. Finally there’s an inexpensive, easy and natural product for the many zippers (and other stuff) aboard our boats.

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