Okay cigar fanatics, here’s the quick-and-dirty info on keeping those prized stogies in peek performing condition. Because whether you’re new to cigars or are an old pro, we’ve all experienced the headache of a damaged cigar.

Whether your cigars arrived damaged out of the box, suffer from improper storage, or maybe you accidentally cut too much off the head – a damaged cigar wrapper is just as bad as a straw with a hole! But all is not lost, 9 times out of 10 the issue can be resolved in no time.

Using similar ingredients as the rollers themselves, a damaged cigar wrapper can be repaired as follows:

Ingredients

  • Fruit pectin
  • Distilled water
  • Clean hands

Your main ingredient here is the pectin, this is a powder (extracted from citrus fruits) that is often used as a gelling agent in making jam. You can find this stuff at most grocery stores, basically anywhere that sells mason jars will sell pectin. Usually the price is around $3, which will basically last you forever…

As with keeping your cigars humid, you’ll want to stick with distilled water for the solvent (which you should have plenty of, considering your cigars are well-kept).

Cigar tip, how to fix a damaged cigar



Mixing the formula

  1. Add a pinch of pectin and equal portion distilled water onto a clean surface (plastic cigar bag, saran wrap, etc.)
  2. Mix the two together with a clean finger until the texture resembles that of snot (pardon the expression)
  3. Apply over the cigars wrapper, continuing in the natural direction of the wrapper
  4. Allow a minute or two for the cigar to dry
  5. Return to humidor or begin smoking!

how to fix a damaged cigar Cigar glue mixture repairing a damaged cigar wrapper

This is a natural and healthy glue-like substance that is completely safe to use on cigars, it is often used as a filler in juices and foods.

It may be beneficial to mix a larger portion together and keep in a sealed jar for occasions when the cigar cracks while being smoked.

Pre-made cigar glues can also be purchased from local B&M’s for around $10 

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  • Charlie H.

    Thanks for the tip, I used it on multiple cigars. One thing though…..you chose a very hard cigar to repair in you example. The Liga Privada wrapper (broadleaf/stalk-cut Habano) is so hard to repair because of the oil in the wrapper, damn near impossible. If you have ever noticed that the goma Drew Estate uses to roll the Ligas is a very strong yellow glue almost like super glue in cigar rolling. It is not your normal paste. I am curious to know if that worked repairing you UF because I can tell you it didn’t work for a Dirty Rat (there like water proof). Thanks