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There comes a time in every Zippo's life when the wick becomes too burnt to light. With just a few simple steps, you can trim the wick on your lighter so you can get a good fresh light every time.
 
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Steamcrunk11 months ago
Toenail clippers work the best.
beatmakers1 year ago
thank you for this. i still use zippos :)
Ranie-K3 years ago
I recommend tying a few turns of cotton sewing thread around the top of the wick. This prevents frying -so I believe you get a longer wick life if you do this.
Weldeon (author)  Ranie-K3 years ago
Good suggestion, i never had any fraying with my wicks, but I will be sure to try this.
Ranie-K Weldeon3 years ago
I have worn out a few -probably because I've used fuel such as isopropanol, ethyl alcohol (both produce an almost invisible flame) and military diesel/jet-fuel.

I believe the replacement wicks are not as good as the original ones. At least, I seem to remember that the replacement ones don't have metal wire embedded in them as the original ones have.