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Wednesday, 05 June 2013

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How to repair damaged cigars

Damaged cigars can be a real pain.  Whether it’s just a few small cracks or a peeling wrapper, you are going to want to repair a damaged cigar before you go ahead and give it a light.  If you don’t, the peeling or unraveling will get much worse while smoking.  Luckily, this repair process can be accomplished, but it will take a little work and that timeless skill that we like to refer to as patience.

To repair a damaged cigar, you can use one of two products.  The first is gum arabic, a powder which is sometimes sold as acacia powder or vegetable gum.  Cigar rollers use gum arabic in their trade, and you can find it in supermarkets in the baking aisle.  If you local market doesn’t have it, simply look for the powder online.  Gum arabic lacks both odor and color, so you can apply it to cigars without any flavorful after-effects.

The second product used to repair damaged cigars is pectin.  You can find it in your grocery store, usually in the canning aisle, and it also comes in powder form.

Take either your gum arabic or pectin and mix a small amount with some warm water in a bottle cap.  Stir the solution together with a toothpick.  Using the toothpick, apply a decent amount of your now “gummy” matter to the part of the cigar’s wrapper that needs repair, and roll it so that it looks complete once again. 

If necessary, you can take a small amount of wrapper leaf from the stub of another cigar and use it as a patch.  Apply the patch where necessary, using the gum arabic or pectin solution as your glue.  After pressing the repaired area and removing any wrinkles, let the cigar sit for about a minute before lighting.  That’s all it takes!

As you can see, there are ways to repair cigars.  Just be patient, apply the methods described, and you can enjoy your cigars the way they were intended.

Do you have any other cigar repair tips that you would like to share?  Feel free to do so via the General Cigar Discussion board of the Puff.com forums.






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