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After finding out that my wife was not going to make me help with the arduous task of cleaning out our walk in closet, I decided to start on the arduous task of stripping and cleaning my reels, all 23 of them. I managed to get through 4 of them before I decided to give it a rest for the night. (Its 11:30 pm). When I'm done with this job, I guess I'll start on my tackle. Hopefully, I 'll get finished with it all by springtime.

I am curious to know what some of the rest of you do to clean your reels other than cleaning and oiling with reel oil or WD-40
 

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For starters don't use WD-40 to oil them. Stick with your reel oil or a number of other products better suited for lubrication. WD is good to use for cleaning them though.

One of those little can of compressed air comes in handy too.
 

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Contrary to popular belief WD-40 is not a lubricant . Hence the name Water Displacement 40. Leigh check with EW he had recommended a method ( I was extremely skeptical at 1st) about washing parts is warm soapy water, dry and re lube with Quantum hot sauce. I tried it. It's the best yet. Just make sure everything is thoroughly dries befor re lubing.
In addition, I found a great way to clean the cork handles on your rods. Use a good waterless hand cleaner like Goop. Apply liberally let it sit over night then either soak in a bucket of hot water, rinse and wipe dry or just skip the soak, wipe off excess and then wipe again with a hot damp rag.
The canned air is a great drying tool. Just remember don't shake the can, unlike using aerosole products where you want to shake for the purposes of mixing the product and stimulating the propulsant the canned air doesn't get shaken you want the liquid to stay on the bottom and only the gas to come out. That stuff will give you a nasty burn if your not careful.
 

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Leigh,

A freind of mine, "The Reel Lady" Connie K, uses Ronson lighter fuel to clean reels , then lubes them with "Rocket Fuel" brand lubricant. "Rocket Fuel" comes in three differnet viscosities, and for most uses, you want to use the middle one. She is a Pro-staffer for Yamamoto, and her reel repair store is located on the shores of Lake Fork. I will look for her e-mail address and post it if you want more info. My name will open her mouth fully to you, and provide you with tremedous info and help, as Connie and I chat frequently .
As stated above, parts must be dried thoroughly before being lubed.
 

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Be nice now , Nicky...Connie is both a "ReelLady", and a real classy lady.
She is frequently on the Chatroom at Yamamoto site in the later evenings.
 

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Nicky,
I took NO offense at all, and I realize my wording was not the best.
What I meant was that by dropping my name to Connie, she will offer you an untold amount of info on reels, maintenance for such, and reel lubricants. She prides herself in offering quality work, and a quick turnaround of your goods sent.

Connie's e-mail, if anyone is interested is
[email protected]

I am not sponsored by, paid by, or given anything for this endorsement by Connie. She has done right by me always, and I am just passing along a good refferral to anyone interested.
 

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Im not a big maintenance guy. Strip off old line, healthy dose of Reel Magic , store, and Im good to go. As far as rods, cork and all, I dont do anything. Just check the guides for nicks and cuts with a cotton ear bud. For some reason, I like that worn look on the handle.

For my rod and reel repairs, I go to Causeway. Great guys....
 

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I think the grimy worn look on my rod handles are like Biggio's helmet with all the pine tar, it's a stain of pride. Leave the cork dirty. I dont do much to my reels due to my handful of thumbs but I do have them sent out to be cleaned. 10 reels at $12 bucks each.
 

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it's a stain of pride.

LOL...Bink....how about those Celts, huh?..taking those big leadds and losing in the end?....thank God, they won last night...
 

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Nick, the first step is to blasdt the WD40 into the reel to degrease it.....I mean to the bare metal. Blast out the factory oil and grease...then wash it out and relube with Quantum Hot Sauce.
 

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EW's right, although the first time I tryed this I was horrified.

I've washed black-powder pistols off in hot soapy dish water, then put the parts, sans plastic, into an oven to dry. It works, but it's a tough one to train yourself.

I tear apart each and every reel every two-three years and clean them w/ WD-40, then put a light coat of blue marine grease on everything while assembling. On Shimano's, I've taken to put a big dab of grease over the plastic bearing in the rear of the reel (big story, let's not go there).

On the rods, if it's going to be given as a gift, I clean the handles w/ a brillo pad (lightly scrubing) and warm water. Every couple months, I'll either hose or take into the shower a rod and an old tooth brush and clean the guides out reel good.

I strip all line, except those w/ PowerPro. Some reels have had that stuff on going on three years now and it still works fine.
 

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Leigh,
Let me know if you're serious about properly cleaning and lubing your reels.

I'll be more than glad to email you detailed instructions on how to do it.

It's the least I can do since you hooked me up with the Boat Show tickets (lol) ! :D


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I'll either hose or take into the shower a rod and an old tooth brush and clean the guides out reel good.
If my wife ever caugt me showering with my rods, I think she would have me committed:duh:
 

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Your not the only one,

I shower with my rods too when I clean them...

I'm not sure if being naked helps, but the scenario is amusing to say the least...


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I don't trust myself

I take mine to get cleaned or send them to BPS for service/cleaning. I'll do some simple things...but I figure I'll screw them up by taking them apart.
 

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basseracci said:
Your not the only one,I shower with my rods too when I clean them...
I usually just bring a bar of soap with me on the rainy days, figure I'm covered on both accounts!! ................You guys are quite insane you know.LOL:p
 

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Funny, guys!

A couple years ago, I got a tip from Tony the "Bassin Dude" about using inline skate bearing oil to lube the bearing surfaces of reels. It's a high-speed lubricant made for bearings, and I've used in my Shimanos and Daiwas with no ill effects. The reels are as buttery smooth as ever. For meshing gears, a coating with white lithium grease seems to do the trick just fine.

Attached is a photo of the bearing oil I use, which cost about $4.95 for the bottle, and I'm nowhere close to having to buy a new bottle yet.

Tight Lines...
 

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OK guys--showering with your rods is ok but thats where we draw the line.

YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SLEEP WITH THEM!
 

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OK you guys are freaking me out with this talk of taking rods into the shower. It's tight enough in there with all my toy bass boats
 
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