Zippo Lighter Care

June 4, 2019

General Care & Cleaning Instructions

General Care

  • Clean spilled fluid of the outside of the lighter.  Lighter fluid can harm some finishes.
  • Keep up with proper wick and flint maintenance. 
  • Take care when opening and closing the lid, misuse and overuse of the hinge can cause damage.
  • Do not alter or damage the insert, this could cause the lighter to malfunction.
  • Use only genuine Zippo lighter fluid, wicks, and flints for optimal performance.

 

Cleaning Zippo Lighters

Chrome Lighters

How do I clean my Zippo chrome lighter? 

  • High Polish cases: Clean with chrome polish.
  • Brush finish cases: Gently clean with multi-purpose cleaning such as a light or medium duty Scotch-Brite brand (do not use steel scouring pad).
  • Carefully rub the pad in the same direction of the grain on the finish

Brass Lighters

What prevents my Zippo brass lighter from tarnishing? 

  • Each Zippo brass lighter has a lighter protective coating to prevent tarnishing before it is used. The coating will wear off with normal use. 

How do I clean my Zippo brass lighter? 

To restore the natural patina of solid brass, we recommend the following:

  • High Polish case: Clean with brass polish.
  • Brush finish case: Gently clean with multi-purpose cleaning such as a light or medium duty Scotch-Brite brand (do not use steel scouring pad).
  • Carefully rub the pad in the same direction of the grain on the finish

Matte/Translucent Colored Lighters

How do I clean my Zippo Matte/Translucent Colored lighter? 

  • Use a soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleaner.

How do I clean the laser engraved brass design on my matte/translucent colored lighter? 

  • The laser design exposes the brass surface which may tarnish. This is a normal characteristic of brass. To clean the brass, we recommend using a soft cloth and brass cleaner. 

Sterling Silver Lighters

How do I clean my Sterling Silver Zippo lighter? 

  • Use a soft cloth an a non-abrasive silver cleaner. Or gently clean plated portions with a soft cloth and water.

How do I clean the laser engraved brass design on my matte lighter? 

  • The laser design exposes the brass surface which may tarnish. This is a normal characteristic of brass. To clean the brass, we recommend using a soft cloth and brass cleaner. 

Antique Finish Lighters

Will the finish on my antique finish lighter wear off? 

  • The antique finish lighter has a unique finish to give it a used, nostalgic and time-worn look. This finish is not permanent and will begin to wear with use. 

How do I prevent the finish on my Zippo antique finish lighter from wearing off? 

  • When exposed to alcohol or lighter fluid, the antiquing will immediately begin to wear. When filling the lighter, avoid spilling lighter fluid on the outer case. 

Gold Lighters

How do I care for the finish on my Zippo gold lighter? 

  • Gently clean plated portions with a soft cloth and water or Zippo Lighter Fluid. Do not use abrasive substances. 

 

 

 

 

Filling a Zippo Lighter

Your windproof lighter is engineered to work best with Zippo Premium Lighter Fluid and flints. Now, let’s go over how to fill or refill your lighter. Lighter fluid will evaporate even when the lighter is not used, so be sure to always keep the lid closed and it’s a good idea to refuel before each outing.
Take caution to do the following away from any source of fire or flame.

 

To fill your lighter:

  1. Remove the inside unit from the case.
  2. Turn it over and lift the felt pad to reveal the packing material in the fuel chamber.
  3. Slowly saturate the packing material with lighter fluid. Stop filling when the fluid reaches the top of the packing, or begins to change color.
  • Hint:Use an unfolded paper clip or similar tool if the pad is hard to lift
  • Tip:Do not overfill. If overfilled, the lighter will leak fuel. Avoid getting the fluid on your skin, as it is a skin irritant. If contact with skin does occur, wash the affected areas promptly with mild soap and water.
  1. Insert the inside unit back into the case, making sure to wipe an excess fluid from the lighter and your hands before igniting the lighter. If there is any fuel on the lighter simply wipe it off or wait a short time for it to evaporate. Be sure the fuel can is closed and there is no spilled fuel in the vicinity before igniting – this is a flammable fluid.
  • Hint:If you plan to keep the lighter in your pocket, we suggest placing it “bottom down".
  1. Using your thumb, strike the flint wheel in a downward motion to create a spark. If a flame does not appear, repeat
  2. Once a flame has appeared and you are finished using it, close the lid to extinguish. This lighter does not self-extinguish so you must close the lid.

Warning: Depending on the duration of use, be careful as the lighter may be hot to touch.

 

                                                                               

Replacing The Flint On Your Zippo

Flints are something that need to be replaced, approximately every few weeks for an average user.

To replace the flint we need to remove it from the flint tube:

  1. First, remove the inside unit (insert) from the case.
  2. Turn it over and unscrew the flint spring using a small screwdriver or a coin. Slowly remove the spring.
    • Tip:The spring is under tension so be sure it doesn’t fly away.
  1. Turning the inside unit (insert) right side up again, remove the remaining piece of flint, if any, by gently tapping the inside unit on a hard surface.
  • Hint:Remove any stubborn flint slivers or residue with an unfolded paperclip.
  1. Insert a new flint in the brass-colored flint tube. Be sure not to confuse the brass tip on the end of the flint spring. Even though it looks like a flint, it is not a flint.
  2. Replace the flint spring and turn clockwise until tight.
  • Important Tip:Be sure the screw is tightened so the lid can fully close. A tight seal will help delay the lighter fluid’s evaporation. Re-tighten if the lid does not close.
  1. If the flint wheel binds after a new flint is installed, turn the wheel backwards a few times.
  • Hint:You can keep extra flints under the felt pad for future use.

 

Wick Maintenance

Initially a new wick is white. Over time, the wick will turn black from carbon build up, which will reduce performance. When this happens you need to “trim the wick:”

  1. Using a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliers, gently pull it up until the clean wick appears. Grab the wick as far down as possible to avoid ripping the wick.
  2. Trim the end even with the top of the chimney using scissors or wire cutters.
  • Tip: This should be performed once or twice a year. Each wick is almost four (4) inches in length, so after 2-3 trimmings you’ll need to replace the wick. The wick should be changed if the lighter does not light properly or if the ignition process has to be repeated multiple times.

 

Replacing The Wick On Your Zippo

To install a new wick on a regular or slim lighter model:

  1. Remove all of the fuel chamber’s components; the flint screw, felt pad, packing material, and the old wick.
  • Tip: To make reassembly quicker and easier, carefully reinstall the packing material in the same exact order as it was removed. The pieces will fit together better.
  1. Install the new wick thru the chimney hole and bend the top portion of the wick over the chimney to hold it in place during reassembly.
  • Note: On a pipe lighter, the chimney cap is removable. Just slip your thumbnail under the edge at either end and lift.
  1. Replace the packing material in small pieces, interweaving the wick between the padding in a serpentine or “S” pattern.
  • Tip: The goal is to make sure the wick has as much contact with the packing material as possible.
  1. Reinstall the felt pad over the flint tube and secure it with the flint spring as previously mentioned
  • Hint: Be sure the flint didn’t fall out during this process.
  1. Trim the wick even with the chimney height and reinstall the insert into the case.
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