|Use the Proper Butane
Be very careful about filling your butane lighter. Most can be filled direct from the can, but some cannot. ST Dupont should only be filled with Dupont butane. Some Dunhill lighters require an adaptor to fill (adaptors come with Dunhill butane).
|Wear and Tear
Try to be careful with your lighter. Nobody cares about what happens to a disposable lighter, but a high-end lighter like a Dunhill or Dupont will cost hundreds to thousands of dollars and they are just as suseptable to damage as a cheap lighter. The most common cause of dents and scratches that we see, aside from dropping, is from keys. Tossing a lighter in your pocket full of keys and loose change will nick and scratch your lighter faster than anything else you could do to it. And unfortunately there is nothing you can do about nicks and scratches.Lighters cannot be re-lacquered. Some jewelers claim to be able to re-plate gold and silver lighters, but in all of our years of experience, we have yet to see it done properly. Do yourself a favor and be careful how you carry your lighter. Keep it out of your pocket while unprotected and try not to drop it.
Keep Your Lighter Clean
For cleaning the outside of the lighter, gold and silver should be cleaned only with a polishing cloth designed for those specific metals. Most jewelry supply businesses will have polishing cloths available. Lacquer lighters generally do not need to be cleaned, but in case it should get a little sticky from that PB&J sandwich that got away from you, we found that a little Pledge® brand furniture polish and a soft dry cloth will do the trick. Nothing abrasive (no matter how slightly) should EVER be used to clean the outside of a lighter.
Accept it…your lighter needs to be overhauled–that’s where we come in.