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In the past I have just simply sprayed WD-40 on my reels after cleaning them. However I've read that this can be very bad for reels and prolonge their "life". Is this true and if so what are some better ways to keep ur reel smooth?

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WD-40 and those types of sprays can get into the reel through joints and tiny gaps. It will then thin and wash out valuable grease and oils which are lubricating it and keeping it running smooth. Spraying WD40 wont do anything to keep your reel running smooth if that is what you are asking. It will do the opposite.

The best ways to keep your reels smooth is to not get too much water on them as this can get inside much the same way as WD40. and to service them when they show signs of becoming less smooth.

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Have to agree, sprays will only dilute and pollute the good grease you have in the reel. Recommend not to do it, a good wipe over with a cloth that has warm soapy water then dry and leave to fully dry. A once a year service is important.

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Always done the warm water treatment, just wiping them down to remove salt. A mate/ a few others have said they use Inox, or a non solvent style spray to keep the salt/water from "sticking". Not sure if I'm keen to give it a go..maybe on one of my Siennas so as not to break the bank

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Agree with Inox, but spray onto a cloth and wipe over the reel. Inox is much better than other spray ons but still needs to be used carefully.

Edited by Twinfisher 4.9

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I use Salt-Away spray followed by Inox. Seems to work quite well.

Cheers

Paikea

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What iv been told is...

Wd40 is petroleum based and can break down plastics, rubbers etc

Inox dosnt have this problem

Harry

If it's to good to be true, it usually is...

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Vaseline for my reel insides where needed and WD-40.

I have had an Alvey reel for almost 30+ years,always used vaso and or WD-40,never had a problem and the insides are still in original condition.

WD-40 for my lures,after use.

Edited by D.G

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I would advise against vasoline anywhere near rubber seals & o rings.

It's also petroleum based & breaks down rubber quickly.

It would be fine in an Alvey, as they are such a simple design & indestructible! Love an Alvey!

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I think Inox is in the same category as WD40. The website actually warns you that it will attack natural rubbers so it sounds like it's petroleum based. It is well established that petroleum products will attack natural rubber as well as some synthetic ones too. They will also dissolve oils and greases. I spray my reels will silicone spay (after rinsing with fresh water) which is much more neutral and will not harm rubber. It helps keep corrosion down on the exposed metal surfaces. 

Edited by kingfishbig

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I use WD40 but only a light spray after the reels have been hosed with freshwater. 

In years past when i wasnt as aware i used to fully submerge my reels in a bucket of soapy water and scrub them :blush:

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If you want to break your reel, use WD40.

Inox is not petroleum based, it's lanolin based. Where contact with rubber might occur, use Lanox instead of Inox as Lanox doesn't affect rubber. 

Inox and Lanox will liquefy grease so top it back up where needed. Don't use two different types of grease where possible.

When lubricants are used correctly, even the crappy department store reels will last a long time. My el cheapo beach reel is 5 years old and I've dropped it in the sand and sea many times.

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Actually they don't reveal what is in Inox they just state 'ingredients determined not to be hazardous'. The fact that they warn it may harm natural rubber tends to suggest that it is petroleum based. 

Lanox on the other hand is described as being based on lanolin or sheep grease but they don't give a formulation either.

I'm not sure how Lanox would go sprayed on to a reel. Wouldn't it be a bit sticky and spoil the appearance due to discolouration?

 

 

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8 hours ago, flatheadluke said:

Only one way to find out for sure

I have used Lanox on my boat trailer and it's good for that. But it gives it a brown colour and is a magnet for dirt and dust so I don't think it would be ideal for a fishing reel. I like silicon spray because it leaves a clear, non sticky film and is safe around rubber parts as already mentioned. 

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I don't use any of the above products on my reels, just rinse off the rod and reel gently after use and sun dry. Every 6 months I wash the entire rod and wipe the spool in a light sugar soap solution (and then wipe the reel off with clean water to remove any sugar soap) and service the reels - how much I do depends on the use they have taken in the 6 months. Minimum is a quick disassemble, clean and drop of oil on the roller bearing and handles. Those that copped more use are opened up and have food grade grease applied to the gears. Currently I use Daiwa oil and Inox grease.

I use silicone spray on the zips of my Bimini, Armorall on the Bimini surface and seats and Vaseline on all press studs. Sugar soap to wash all surfaces beforehand. I also spray Lanox liberally inside the outboard to displace any stray salt water, deliberately use Lanox to avoid any issues with fuel hoses.

So far so good but would love to hear any Raider feedback.

Edited by brad_tate

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yer i always wash gear that has been in salt water,with the garden hose,salt water will rot ya stuff.

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22 hours ago, DMG said:

yer i always wash gear that has been in salt water,with the garden hose,salt water will rot ya stuff.

This guys doesn't seem to think so

 

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I have been using Inox for years,  I used it on my Yabby Pump, The washers swelled up and I nearly had a Heart Attack pumping half a dozen Yabbies !!!!!!!  Replaced them and they were almost half the size again of the originals!!!  Howard.

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Hi Fellas;

I have used the old system to clean reels for many years.

Screw  down the drags and take them under the shower with you.

Unscrew the drags and put them in the sun to dry.

Then oil the usual places with a good lubricant. ( I use Inox.)

Then wipe the reel with a bit of paper towel and the job is done.

A good tip for yabbie pumps.

DO NOT put any grease on them at all.

Grease and sand is a fantastic abrasive and will wear out anything..

Just give the pump a thorough hose out and leave it.

Above systems have worked for me for many years.

Cheers.

Oldfella.

 

 

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Does the Wd-40 tend to lure fish away from your bait/lure ? Or am I just being paranoid 

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On 3/18/2017 at 5:17 PM, Oldfella said:

A good tip for yabbie pumps.

DO NOT put any grease on them at all.

Grease and sand is a fantastic abrasive and will wear out anything..

Just give the pump a thorough hose out and leave it.

I also back off the wing nut squeezing the rubber washer / seal that way it allows it to stay its normal thickness rather than squashing down over time.

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I don't use WD40 on any fishing gear. There are other better products on the market.

Cheers.

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