How to repair a wrapper.

beatnicbeatnic Posts: 4,133
Anyone have any good ideas for repairing a wrapper, (before and after lighting)? My biggest problem is usually at the cut, where a crack in the wrapper begins to form. I hate tossing the stick and usually try to salvage it with saliva and fingers. Do the clippers work any better than the guillotines? Thanks for any ideas in advance Rick

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  • GarheadGarhead Posts: 41
    Get some powdered pectin at the supermarket. It's odorless and flavorless. Mix a tiny bit with a little water until it's kind of sticky/tacky and wipe a little on the damaged spot. Wait a few minutes for it to set and you're good to go! I've done it a few times and works perfectly. If it's near the nub and getting wet with your saliva, it may come undone again though.
  • nikostewartnikostewart Posts: 451
    I have also seen a few sites sell a repair "glue" which I am pretty sure is exactly the same as what Garhead just noted (Pectin is probably a cheaper alternative). Great info Garhead!

    Maybe keep some spare Tobacco leaf of various wrappers to use as a band aid. :) J/K
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    If a cracked cap at the cut is the problem and you're using your own cutter, try putting the cap in your mouth and rolling it around once - to get some moisture on the cap (don't throat the thing - that's just gross) - then cut. The moisture helps make the wrapper a little more pliable so I find it doesn't crack as much, if at all.
  • GarheadGarhead Posts: 41
    xmacro:
    If a cracked cap at the cut is the problem and you're using your own cutter, try putting the cap in your mouth and rolling it around once - to get some moisture on the cap (don't throat the thing - that's just gross) - then cut. The moisture helps make the wrapper a little more pliable so I find it doesn't crack as much, if at all.
    +1, I'll do that before I cut as well. Nice advice.
  • sightunseensightunseen Posts: 2,130
    Garhead:
    xmacro:
    If a cracked cap at the cut is the problem and you're using your own cutter, try putting the cap in your mouth and rolling it around once - to get some moisture on the cap (don't throat the thing - that's just gross) - then cut. The moisture helps make the wrapper a little more pliable so I find it doesn't crack as much, if at all.
    +1, I'll do that before I cut as well. Nice advice.
    I also find that moistening the cap before I cut helps. Also, make sure your cutter is sharp. Crappy cutters get dull easily. When that happens, the blades "crush" rather than cut the cap, which could result in a cracked wrapper. Cutting well above the cap line can also avoid cracked wrappers.
  • skweekzskweekz PAPosts: 2,279 ✭✭✭
    sightunseen:
    Also, make sure your cutter is sharp. Crappy cutters get dull easily. When that happens, the blades "crush" rather than cut the cap, which could result in a cracked wrapper.


    I was just gonna suggest this. I had a problem with cracking because my cutter was absolute crap and pretty much just pinched the hell outta the cap instead of cutting it cleanly.
  • beatnicbeatnic Posts: 4,133
    thanks guys. cigar glue? who'd a thunk it.
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  • beatnicbeatnic Posts: 4,133
    I certainly think so! Thanks guys.
  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,222 ✭✭✭✭
    Also, make sure you're not cutting too much off, that tends to make the wrapper unravel.
  • Ken_LightKen_Light Posts: 3,539 ✭✭✭
    YankeeMan:
    Also, make sure you're not cutting too much off, that tends to make the wrapper unravel.
    +1 I had this problem a lot when I was starting out, I think because I was trying to remove the entire cap. Now I go about 2/3 of the way up the cap and it seems to work better. At least if there is any damage its to the cap instead of the wrapper. Obviously I test the draw to make sure I got enough though.
    ^Troll: DO NOT FEED.
  • ctschirgictschirgi Posts: 63
    beatnic:
    thanks guys. cigar glue? who'd a thunk it.
    This pectin/water combo is the same thing they use to glue the lable on the cigar. Some times you'll see spots on a cigar where glue from the lable was drizzeled. This happens quite alot on one of my favorite cigars, Ashton Herritage.
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