Re: Indy's lighter

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Posted by Stephen from on July 07, 1998 at 19:44:34:

In Reply to: Indy's lighter posted by Tim Cook on July 07, 1998 at 18:44:26:

: Has anyone taken a Zippo lighter and painted a four leaf clover on it? Before you do consider getting a replica 1933 model from Zippo for $36, unless you can find an original from 1932-38. The replica will be limited to 5,000. Originals go for more than you could imagine, but if your lucky to come across one at a flea market or garage sale in some dirty, old cigar box look on the bottom for one of two markings: PAT. PENDING (1932-36 production) or PAT. 2032695 (1937-49 production.) These will have the brushed chrome finish; all WW 2 models have a black crackle finish, so they are out. The war production models also were marked PAT. #2032695 (note the # is added.)

I painted a Zippo white with the four leaf clover and it really looked
pretty good. I then sprayed it with a clear finish with the hope of
protecting the paint job. Unfortunately, some lighter fluid spilled
on the outside of the lighter and it ate through the finish and and
paint underneath. Does anyone know what I might use to protect the
paint job (when I redo it) so that lighter fluid would not have the
same affect? Suggestions would be welcomed.


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