So you don’t need to
replace a whole zipper, just the slider? Replacing a zipper slider - sometimes
called a pull tab or a zipper head - is usually a much easier repair than a
full zipper replacement. Great news, right? However, there are still several
questions to answer to determine the correct part to use.
Shortcut: We offer Zipper Rescue Kits, which contain an assortment of the most common zipper sliders and stops. If you would like to get a kit with several common sliders and stops (rather than 1 individual slider), you can check out the following links to order a kit. There is a kit for clothing zipper sliders and a different kit for outdoor zipper sliders:
Zipper Rescue Kit - Clothing Zipper Slider Repair Kit
Zipper Rescue Kit - Outdoor Zipper Slider Repair Kit
If you would rather order only the slider you need, and not an entire kit, please read on...
Here are instructions
for determining the correct sliders or pull tabs for your zippers. Use
the following guide to determine the identifying features of your zipper. Once you have done that, the links toward the bottom of this page will point you to the right place
on our website to find your zipper slider replacement.
1. Material -
Determine type of material your zipper teeth have. Common types include:
2. Gauge. Determine
the gauge of your zipper. A gauge is a number which describes the thickness of
the zipper teeth.
The number of the gauge corresponds to the width of the zipper teeth, in
millimeters, when the zipper is zipped. You can also double the width of one
tooth if the zipper will no longer zip. The larger the number, the more heavy
duty the zipper. The most common gauges include #5 (5mm) for a medium weight
jacket zipper and #10 (10mm) for heavy duty jacket zippers.
or nonlock - Autolock sliders disengage when you pull
directly down on them. If you pull them from the side, they will not move. Autolock
sliders are typically found on jackets and pants, and other garments. Nonlock
sliders can be moved from any direction. They are commonly found on bags and
Once you know those 3
characteristics, plus the color you desire, you can select from among our stock
Sliders for Molded
For sliders for molded
plastic zippers, click the link below:
or decorative novelty
sliders for #5 molded plastic zippers can be found here:
Sliders for Nylon
For sliders for nylon
coil zippers, click the link below:
Sliders for Metal
For sliders for metal zippers,
click the link below:
or decorative novelty
sliders for #5 metal zippers can be found here:
Please keep in mind
that we do not guarantee that our sliders will work with your existing zipper.
Most of the time they do, but there can be variations across zipper
We hope that after reading these instructions, you are zipping
again in no time flat!