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  • ceb
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    Originally posted by tpnl View Post
    I agree @ceb - I "absolutely" love the Q-AM shoulder strap when using it cross-body - using it courier style with my Pilot has really helped make sure I do not have a sore shoulder - like having a backpack and a briefcase in one. YMMV but it is really comfortable for me to wear in this way. If I need a stabilizer strap, I hook the end to same shoulder bag attachment point.

    If you can, snap some pics if you do the modified attachment setup!

    Cheers!
    I will. Thanks!. It might be a while though as I have to figure out a way to do that so it doesn't look Jerry-rigged (or Jury-rigged depending on what part of the country and what generation you are from)

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  • tpnl
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    I agree @ceb - I "absolutely" love the Q-AM shoulder strap when using it cross-body - using it courier style with my Pilot has really helped make sure I do not have a sore shoulder - like having a backpack and a briefcase in one. YMMV but it is really comfortable for me to wear in this way. If I need a stabilizer strap, I hook the end to same shoulder bag attachment point.

    If you can, snap some pics if you do the modified attachment setup!

    Cheers!

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  • ceb
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    Originally posted by tpnl View Post
    Your Super Ego is an early one (original version) and I do not think they ever made a 2" Q-AM shoulder strap. The only solution I can think of is to get a 2" Cheater-D adaptor so your bag can use any shoulder strap with snaphooks. You could also then use a Absolute Shoulder Strap or a modified 1.5" Q-AM shoulder strap that can use snaphooks. As TB no longer makes the Cheater-D adaptors, I did find a place that had a 2" equivalent that was close:

    http://forums.tombihn.com/questions-...tml#post101514

    Here is a link to another post where I had some picture of my Q-AM shoulder strap adaptation to use TB snaphooks:

    Q-AM strap with snaphooks

    Hope this helps

    Cheers!
    Thanks! I was wondering how I could modify the attachment from the 2 inch to the newer 1.5 inch. I far prefer the Q-AM strap over the others (I have an Ego that has the regular, Absolute and Q-AM straps and I only prefer the Absolute when not wearing it cross body.

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  • tpnl
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    Originally posted by ceb View Post
    All this zipper discussion brings up a question.

    I recently bought a used Super Ego (black/steel with a blue interior if anyone can date it by that) that has very shiny zippers. Was there a time that the "waterproff" side of the zipper was very shiny (almost as if it had a coat of clear paint on it) or has that been modified at some point.

    It also has a wider (2 inch?) strap versus the newer 1.5 inch straps. I wonder if somebody could date this bag and I'll have to contact the TB crew to see if I can get a wider Q-AM strap for this bag.
    Your Super Ego is an early one (original version) and I do not think they ever made a 2" Q-AM shoulder strap. The only solution I can think of is to get a 2" Cheater-D adaptor so your bag can use any shoulder strap with snaphooks. You could also then use a Absolute Shoulder Strap or a modified 1.5" Q-AM shoulder strap that can use snaphooks. As TB no longer makes the Cheater-D adaptors, I did find a place that had a 2" equivalent that was close:

    http://forums.tombihn.com/questions-...tml#post101514

    Here is a link to another post where I had some picture of my Q-AM shoulder strap adaptation to use TB snaphooks:

    Q-AM strap with snaphooks

    Hope this helps

    Cheers!

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  • ceb
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    Originally posted by steeps View Post
    Here's where to buy the Aerospace 303 (just click the red text to the right), Amazon.com: 303 (30306) Protectant Trigger Sprayer, 32 fl. oz: Automotive
    There's lots of different size options from spray to wipes.
    I buy the big gallon bottle and dilute it with water 50/50 in a spray bottle. From the spray bottle it goes onto a rag or Q-tip.

    I've used 303 on everything plastic, rubber or waterproof. It will clean up your dashboard nicely without leaving a shiny surface and works well on pleather/plastic/naugahyde/leatherette/MB-Tex (ie fake leather) seats found in cars - but - do not use a microfiber cloth when cleaning MB-Tex (MB-tex is the "leather" seats found in 95% of C and E class Mercedes Benz's) as microfiber cloths (regardless of the cleaning product used) will damage the surface of MB-tex.

    Don't use 303 on hard plastics as it will leave a slight film (although that film is easily removed)

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  • steeps
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    Here's where to buy the Aerospace 303 (just click the red text to the right), Amazon.com: 303 (30306) Protectant Trigger Sprayer, 32 fl. oz: Automotive
    There's lots of different size options from spray to wipes.

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  • readmore
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    Originally posted by ceb View Post
    All this zipper discussion brings up a question.

    I recently bought a used Super Ego (black/steel with a blue interior if anyone can date it by that) that has very shiny zippers. Was there a time that the "waterproff" side of the zipper was very shiny (almost as if it had a coat of clear paint on it) or has that been modified at some point.

    It also has a wider (2 inch?) strap versus the newer 1.5 inch straps. I wonder if somebody could date this bag and I'll have to contact the TB crew to see if I can get a wider Q-AM strap for this bag.

    First, thanks for the Aerospace 303 suggestion! I feel like I have new bags! Anyone whose old-style, teeth-inside zippers have faded a bit, go get yourself a package of 303 wipes and go to town. You will fall in love, all over again.

    Second, to answer your question about the shiny zippers. They did exist at one time, though I don't know when they were discontinued. My 2005 Smart Alec has those zippers.

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  • ceb
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    All this zipper discussion brings up a question.

    I recently bought a used Super Ego (black/steel with a blue interior if anyone can date it by that) that has very shiny zippers. Was there a time that the "waterproff" side of the zipper was very shiny (almost as if it had a coat of clear paint on it) or has that been modified at some point.

    It also has a wider (2 inch?) strap versus the newer 1.5 inch straps. I wonder if somebody could date this bag and I'll have to contact the TB crew to see if I can get a wider Q-AM strap for this bag.

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  • ThreeLeaves
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    Another idea is to view the wear from a different perspective and be proud of the zipper patina which changes over time.
    In my research, there seems to be a lot of companies catering to the retro look using waxed canvas for that effect. One of my favorite bags, had this old beat up look which spoke well of fond memories :-)

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  • tpnl
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    Thanks @ceb!

    I got some of that Aerospace 303 stuff and it works great on the rubber parts of the zippers - keeps the zipper rubber the same matt finish and makes them darker and more stealthy to boot! It is good to know that the rubber is protected from UV damage and kept flexible to minimize wear and tear. Also, the Aerospace 303 was easy to put on and left no residue on the bag after wiping it off.

    Here is a picture of it on my Cadet. The middle section has not been done and is still "gray" while the finished parts are black. You can really see the difference.

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    Here is a picture of the end results after doing the full zipper including the middle section.

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    I love the "reversed" stealthy zippers even more now!

    Hope this helps

    Cheers!

    Edit: I added the "final" results picture
    Last edited by tpnl; 05-20-2015, 11:56 PM.

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  • ceb
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    Originally posted by tpnl View Post
    Nice idea @Miking. Thanks for sharing. I was actually thinking of using Armor All as well. I use it on my tires (rubber) - so I figured it should not harm the zipper rubber. For an occasionally "oiling", it's similar to maintaining your leather shoes and coats - just a maintenance thing.

    Cheers!
    I can't say that I'm a fan of Armor All because it actually accelerates environmental damage to dashboards and the like.

    My recommendation is to use Aerospace 303. Dilute it 50/50 with water and you'll be leaving the surface (zippers, dashboard etc) looking as new rather than a with a shiny, slick, greasy looking surface that makes your car's interior squeak like mad.

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  • Darcy
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    epainter: hehe That'd basically be like making a whole new bag!

    Excellent points and tips, Miking and tpnl -- I'm going to test the Armor All solution myself!

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  • tpnl
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    Nice idea @Miking. Thanks for sharing. I was actually thinking of using Armor All as well. I use it on my tires (rubber) - so I figured it should not harm the zipper rubber. For an occasionally "oiling", it's similar to maintaining your leather shoes and coats - just a maintenance thing.

    Cheers!

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  • Miking
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    I have had a similar issue on my well, well, well, well used aeronaut, it seems to happen the most where the zipper goes around tight compound curves like the corners of the main compartment lid. Anyways I very carefully used one of those Armor All protector wipes for car interiors and it cleared it right up and helped the zipper slide better as well.

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  • tpnl
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    I get similar experiences with my bags. Most often, I find the rubber will "hold" paint or materials from walls or dirt, etc that I have bumped into with the bag. It seems that the soft nature of the rubber allows these flakes of paint / dirt to embed into the zipper rubber somewhat. I find that "rubbing" using a damp soft cloth or your finger can help minimize or eliminate the discoloration and dislodge any particles causing discoloration. I sometimes use baking soda as well if I need a bit more strength - but do not use a scrubby pad if at all possible as that will damage the rubber.

    YMMV but trying that should be a no-cost/harm option and if it fixes that issue, all is good IMHO.

    Hope this helps
    Cheers!
    Last edited by tpnl; 05-13-2015, 08:43 AM.

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