(Marina del Rey CA)
In the salt water environment, do you recommend Plastic or Metal Self locking YKK #10 Pulls?
Tricky question. Metal is stronger and I prefer them, however if you aren't the type of boater to take small maintanence tasks seriously you will end up with the slider corroded in place.
You would need to replace them yearly to keep them fresh. Othewise use plastic zipper slliders. You will still have to replace them. As they weaken, you will loose integrity and they will no longer be able to join the zipper teeth toghether. In which case, they will need to be replace, which is preferable to corroded and frozen zipper sliders
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