How to Trim a Zippo Wick

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For more than 75 years, Zippo has been making lighters designed to light in all conditions, including wind. The sturdy and attractive design, and the "It works or we fix it free" guarantee keeps Zippo lighters a mainstay among smokers, as well as a collector's item for Zippo enthusiasts. Occasionally the wick in a Zippo turns black from the carbon and needs to be trimmed. But there's no need to send your Zippo to the Repair Clinic in Pennsylvania for this quick fix; you can do it yourself.

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Things you need

  • Tweezers or pliers
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Pull the wick up with a pair of tweezers or pliers. Make sure the black portion is past the chimney. The chimney is also called the wind guard.

  2. 2

    Cut off the black portion of the wick with scissors. The wick should now be even with the chimney.

  3. 3

    Grab the end of the wick with the tweezers or pliers and straighten it out.

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