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Old 05-15-2003, 11:49 AM
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Is it ok/necessary to spray your reels with a lubricant? (hear stories that it just drives the salt in?) just rinse with fresh water...?

Is WD 40 bad for reels, something else ok?
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Ive always been told to wash with fresh water and soap after each trip- soap and water is the only thing that removes the salt. The water alone isn't enough. Otherwise i use penn reellube or a comparable grease during maintenance and nothing but soap and water during the season. Thats my take, good luck.
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Old 05-15-2003, 10:35 PM
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Just spray with a fine mist from the hose, don't blast 'em. Lube what needs it, when it needs it. Be careful spraying w/ wd-40, you get it in the drag washers it will break down the drag grease.
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my rx,

take your rod and reel into the shower for
soft soaping and hot water rinse, followed by
toweling off both just as you do yourself....
for the insides, put in ample mobil one 15w50
for the smoothest reel you have ever imagined!
wd40 should be used ONLY for spraying the tails
of birds so they dont fly away. dan
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While your in the shower you might as well pre-lube your reel....it may help your rod also,LOL

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i wash my rods and reels with warm water and carwash soap and then dry them and then apply some car wax to them then during the season i just hose them down with a fine mist the wax eliminates the fish scales from stick to the rod
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Spray with water after each trip then use REELX as a light coating on the outside aluminum surfaces. Put REELX on sometime after reel dries but before the next trip. Once a year to the shop for maintenance or do it myself depending on the reel.

I like the idea of synthetic 15w50 on the inside but wonder if it's "thick" enough considering most if not all reel companies recommend grease for the inner workings. In fact, I can't think of a reel that I've busted open that didn't have grease on the inside. Sometimes a little too much but grease nonetheless.
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Default REEL Maintenance, lubricant?

I don't like to spray reels. I hard spray will only drive salt or sand in. It's ok for a light mist or a shower head to remove surface salt and sand but the real boogers are inside. Let your reel soak on a bucket of water overnight.

Avoid wd40 except as a occasional tool to remove water (even then it is not great).

Cleaning is not difficult. most reels have schematics when sold or are available on line. Take your time and watch what you do as you dis-assemble it on top off a newspaper.

Spin reels are easy to work on. The antireverse on some casting reels can get scary.

You should clean once a year at least.
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Corrosion X. Fantastic for reels and everything else.
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quote:Originally posted by drydoc:
my rx,

take your rod and reel into the shower for
soft soaping and hot water rinse, followed by
toweling off both just as you do yourself....
for the insides, put in ample mobil one 15w50
for the smoothest reel you have ever imagined!
wd40 should be used ONLY for spraying the tails
of birds so they dont fly away. dan


Sound like how I take care of my wife!!

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Default REEL Maintenance, lubricant?

swordfish,

plenty!....if you consider the heat, friction,

and general violence within an internal combustion
engine and compare THAT to a fishing reel??!!...
the grease both clumps up and gets pushed out of
the action, but it will harden over time....in
fact, i open the reel only slightly, fill the
housing with 15w50 and then crank it for 5 min
and just drain the excess off, leaving everything
with a film on it....try it once...i guarantee the
fastest, smoothest, quietest reel you ever put
your paws on. dan

p.s. for some humor, take in to a jiffy lube and
hand it to the guy and tell him no to worry about
the filter!...oh, and birdman!...you devil, you.
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Awww just knock the CHUNKS off and throw them in the corner.

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Default REEL Maintenance, lubricant?

i usually take the reel apart and spray white lithium grease on the drag and gears keeps them reeling smooth all season
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I just do a mist of fresh water, then when everything is dry give a nice spray down with Reel Magic. My biggest target with the Reel Magic is the rod guides.
My wife already thinks I'm pretty anal about cleaning the boat and fishing equipt...I can't imagine what she'd do if I started showering with my rods & reels .

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i usually rinse my reels with the hose with the nosel off. when they try i give em some crc but be careful not to get it on the line.
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A guide in the Keys told my brother in law that rinsing only drives the salt into the reels - the next season he needed all new reels.

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