How To Remove Blue Saltwater corrosion from guides & reels..???

....Loaned my Calcutta 700 reel and 50lb class roller guide rod to a "friend" to go for a week of fun & fishing in the Keys....that was about 18 months ago and just now has my equipment been
returned...:mad..It is quite evident "my equipment" received zero care while gone..:mad..Now it has
the blue corrosion on the rollers and on the screws on the Calcutta....Here is where you guys come in......Short of a trip to the tackle store for a good cleaning (which costs a zillion $$$$)...How can I remove that corrosion and make my equipment look and function like it was
when I loaned it out....Who among us does not know to flush the equipment after a salty trip...???:huh

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  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,989 Officer
    get a new friend (so-called friend I should say) he should have taken better care of your equipment than he would his own equipment He didn't never loan tools, your fishing gear, or your wife/girl friend
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  • jeepsterjeepster Posts: 105 Officer
    ...thanks for the sage advice, but has no bearing on my problem...
  • SATARASATARA Posts: 104 Officer
    I use a small,soft brass wire brush to gently remove the rust then aply a few drops of reel oil to help prevent it to spread and like Austins26 said found a new friend
  • Gmanwi53Gmanwi53 Posts: 43 Deckhand
    I would spray a Q-tip with Liquid Wrench or Osphoric (SP) acid soak affected parts and then use the small brass brush.
  • jeepsterjeepster Posts: 105 Officer
    Thanks for the tips guys........I'm off this AM to purchase a soft brass brush....Dock talk said to use WD-40....???
    Whatcha think on WD-40...??
  • big_tbig_t Posts: 588 Officer
    not sure i would use brass brush, toothbrush for me, wd won't disolve any oxidation like Ospho will. (ospho is a trademark name for osphoric acid)
  • IdlewildeIdlewilde Posts: 1,357 Officer
    Corrosion-X, in the red can.
  • jeepsterjeepster Posts: 105 Officer
    ...Thanks guys...!!.....This is THE way this forum is supposed to work...!!...thanks again....!!
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 8,423 Admiral
    A soak in vinegar works too.
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Posts: 2,180 Captain
    jeepster wrote: »
    Thanks for the tips guys........I'm off this AM to purchase a soft brass brush....Dock talk said to use WD-40....???
    Whatcha think on WD-40...??

    Don't put that crap on your reel. I use it to strip the grease off the internals of my reels, but beyond that it's useless. It's a de-greaser, not a lubricant.
    Tarponator wrote: »
    A soak in vinegar works too.


    So does hot sauce (actual hot sauce, not the over priced lubricant made by quantum).
  • DesperadoDesperado Posts: 147 Officer
    So does ot sauce (actual hot sauce, not the over priced lubricant made by quantum).

    I think hot sauce works because it has a lot of vinegar in it.

    I'd stard mild (vinegar, corrosion x/corrosion block) and work up (Ospho, Bar Keeper's Friend, brass brush). The screws on the Calcutta are cheap to replace so don't spend a bunch of money on stuff to fix them unless you need it for other reasons. Pay particular attention to the rollers - you might have to replace them if they are badly pitted.
    G/B/A
  • clamcclamc Posts: 118 Deckhand
    I like to mix vinegar and baking soda into a light paste and scrub with a toothbrush.
  • johnDjohnD Posts: 6,364 Admiral
    inox mx-3 works well.
  • des1802des1802 Posts: 115 Officer
    I always use pledge. Yes pledge the furniture polish. Spray it on let it sit for a while then use a tooth brush to remove it.
  • redfin57redfin57 Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    Strike Hold is great at removing and preventing corrosion. it was developed for the military.
  • FishdflatsFishdflats Posts: 176 Officer
    jeepster wrote: »
    ....Loaned my Calcutta 700 reel and 50lb class roller guide rod to a "friend" to go for a week of fun & fishing in the Keys....that was about 18 months ago and just now has my equipment been
    returned...:mad..It is quite evident "my equipment" received zero care while gone..:mad..Now it has
    the blue corrosion on the rollers and on the screws on the Calcutta....Here is where you guys come in......Short of a trip to the tackle store for a good cleaning (which costs a zillion $$$$)...How can I remove that corrosion and make my equipment look and function like it was
    when I loaned it out....Who among us does not know to flush the equipment after a salty trip...???:huh

    When my gold or silver spoons get oxidized, I take a toothbrush and colgate (yes toothpaste) and rub that a little bit and it cleans out the oxidation pretty well. You may want to try that and then once clean use a lubricant.
    -Luis
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  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 3,989 Moderator
    I use a toothbrush and vinegar diluted 50/50 with water, then Corrosion Block. WD is probably the worst thing you could use
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,170 Admiral
    I'd hit it lightly with a 403 dremel brush after a day long soak of corrosion x.
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  • john424john424 Posts: 7 Greenhorn
    I saw on TV that ketchup will work. Coat part for about 12 hours with ketchup, rinse off. Never tried it tho.
  • amighoamigho Posts: 774 Officer
    I use "the works" toilet bowl cleaner from Walmart, had the same situation you have. The works was recommended on this forum, it works perfectly. I used an old toothbrush and freshwater, took < 5 minutes and removed all corrosion with no collateral damage!
    :fishing:USA
  • seanfishseanfish Posts: 254 Deckhand
    I use white vinegar. The pitting will stay no matter what you use however.
  • SpaceCoast SlayerSpaceCoast Slayer Posts: 3,527 Officer
    my foot would have been lodged in his *** about a week after the trip when i didnt have my gear back.. 18 months.. what patience lol

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