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Old 09-19-2020, 05:50 AM
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Dockbox full of offshore rod/reels sank and was submerged for 3 days. Looking for best ways to clean. Will they each have to be taken apart and greased?
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Yep, and if you don't have time (who does?).
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Old 09-19-2020, 06:33 AM
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I'm not sure what kind of reels you have, but there are typically some good youtube instructional videos available for reel disassembling, cleaning, and lubricating.
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Ricks, or call the insurance company.
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Agree they should be serviced asap. If you're not going to do it yourself immediately I would give them a good soak, changing the water a few times to get as much salt out as quickly as you can and then hit them good with WD40. Don't want salt sitting on the internals and pitting pinions or bearings.

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if these are reels that you use and value, I would have them professionally cleaned/serviced-if reels you no longer use, I would consider what I did years ago in a similar situation-i gave the reels to a captain/school teacher who gave the reels to students who love to fish but could not afford quality gear-they learned to clean and service the reels and I hope they are still using them years later= a win win situation as a cleaned out my work room and the kids had a great experience
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Service them all immediately.

Some might say soak in fresh water then send em out. I'd say don't even do that. Rinse lightly in fresh water wash with soapy water. Rinse again, dry, spray with reel magic (or wd) wipe down send out. Any moving part needs to be sprayed. Put oil into any fittings and SEND OUT
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That's a complete breakdown and service kind of a job. Better it on it sooner than later.
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Although the reels can be disassembled, cleaned and lubricated there is a good chance all of the bearings could be shot. I'd put em in a box and send them to Ricks reel repair in FL.
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Put the reels in a clean toilet and flush several times, that will flush out the bulk of the saltwater. That will buy you some time to tear them all down and service them.
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Rebuild and replace bearings as needed. Conventional reels are simple. I took mine apart, replaced bearings on Daiwa saltigas without any sort of instructional. Just took apart slowly, pics along the way, and look at how it works. Lot faster to do it yourself than shipping it out.
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What I have found works is to submerge them quickly in a tub of fresh water. Hot soapy water is even better. Give them several hours to flush them well.

From there for reels sent to me I break them down and one by one they go in a parts washer with a mix of mineral spirits and wd40. They will spend about an hour in there flushing.

Once I pull the parts I blast the drag washers with brake cleaner and coat with Cals drag grease. I flush the larger bearings once I remove the shields. Soak them in CorrosionX and then add some light grease. Smaller bearings are soaked in a mix of CorrosionX and TSI321, a very light and slippery oil with some long lasting adherence properties.

The reels are reassembled and I paint many parts with CorrosionX.

I have been doing this for the past ten to twelve years and have saved many many reels...

Let me know if I can be of service. You can PM me and we can talk pricing...
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And it depends on whose reels you sank. An old 50TW can be readily serviced, even by oneself. Any two speed reels are at great risk. I lost a shimano bait thunnus overboard one year and caught it 30 minutes later. Had a local shop work on it. 1 year later it froze up solid When the factory got it they said it was 'done'......I had my chance but missed it
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Drop them in a bucket of warm water, drain, repeat then let them soak with warm water and a little dish soap. Fresh rinse and crank them in the water then drain. They then need to be serviced.
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Originally Posted by jayyy View Post
Put the reels in a clean toilet and flush several times, that will flush out the bulk of the saltwater. That will buy you some time to tear them all down and service them.
It's not the advice. For all I know it may be the most sound thing ever said. It's that there were five other posts in the thread, after a man said to chuck the reels in a toilet and not one blip was registered on the needle. This my friends made my day.
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I'm a little late to this party, but, I went through this a couple years ago. Hurricane Michael hit the FL Panhandle, and was kind enough to put 4ft of water in my vacation home. Including my rear tackle room. I had about 25 reels all submerged in saltwater, for who knows how long. I reached out to Rick on this site, sent them ALL to him, and he did his thing, and I could not have been happier. Did an awesome job, and saved all my reels, many of which were less than 1 yr old. So, Rick's Reel Service. Great to do business with.

Best of luck.
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Two thumbs for service work by Alan Tani as another option. Sent him a couple Shimano Trinidad reels two years ago for repairs and servicing. Fast, great work and reasonably priced.
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
Drop them in a bucket of warm water, drain, repeat then let them soak with warm water and a little dish soap. Fresh rinse and crank them in the water then drain. They then need to be serviced.
Fresh water.
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I had some submerged for about 48 hours, I threw them in the pool overnight, then in warm soapy water for another day, then in a mixture of water & vinegar which breaks down the salt for a few hours, soaked again in warm soapy water, then some penetrating lubricant every nook & cranny, that was a year and a half ago, works fine, opened one of those up
recemtly, all appears good inside

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