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What do you guys use to clean out your reels?

greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
Ive heard everything from alcohol, carb Cleaner, gasoline, and acetone to the fishing reel specific: Penn Rod & Reel, and Ardent Reel Kleen. 

What do you guys prefer, and are there any I should stay away from?
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  • DES51DES51 Posts: 235 Deckhand
    I don't clean the inside of my reels! I spend less than $100 on a reel, fish it until it dies and just chuck it. I've tried taking them apart and end up with extra pieces!  LoL  
  • BTVengeanceBTVengeance SCPosts: 33 Greenhorn
    I spend $100-125 on my inshore spinning reels and clean them with fresh water after every trip and that is it.  Keep them clean on the outside and newer reels of reasonable quality (about the $100+/- price range will get you good quality 3000 reels) will last a long time without working on them. 

    Baitcasting  and trolling reels are a different animal though and generally require some internal maintenance.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,335 Captain
    Mineral spirits (in the store it’s usually labeled “paint thinner”).  I drop each part into a small  bath of the stuff, scrub gently with an old toothbrush- then allow to dry on a paper towel.  This removes all old grease and oil leaving the metal or plastic part in-harmed.  Once you’be done that you can plainly see if the part is good or needs to be replaced.  I was taught how to clean and repair reels at the first tackle shop I worked at back in 1972....
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 14,243 AG
    I successfully dismantled a reel I was going to Chuck and successfully put it back together.  I don't remember if I used any solution, but I did take Q-tip to it to wipe out all the old grease and oil and put fresh lubricant in it.

    Much to my surprise I reassembled it with no parts left over and it cranked smoothly again.
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • Rich MRich M Posts: 1,326 Officer
    Put me in the I don't clean the inside of my reels group.  

    Trick is to not dunk 'em in the water, keep them out of the sand, and rinse them in an upright position after fishing the salt.  Should give you years of great service without any attention.
  • DropTheHammerDropTheHammer East CoastPosts: 556 Officer
    I use A degreaser for cleaning. Wipe it down really good and then A low torque lubricant.
  • Oldsmar GuyOldsmar Guy Posts: 40 Greenhorn
    I just spray my reels down with fresh water after each trip. I may occasionally spray my reels with this stuff called "reel magic". I've had the same cheap Shimano reels for several years now and they still work fine. I fish out of a yak, so you know they are getting soaked by the saltwater.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 9,571 Admiral
    I maintain all of my reels, except for my Shimano Baitrunners. Those I send out. I suggest going to Alan Tani.com which is a reel repair forum and browse through the many tutorials on reel maintenance. There is so much good info there.

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    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • th19999th19999 Posts: 232 Deckhand
    I have medium-high end reels, shimano TLD, Trinidad, torium, stradic etc... I try to rinse and clean after every offshore trip as they get salt spray while fishing and running. 

    After fishing: First you tighten drag, then rinse with fresh water (lightly not a hard stream) as you do not want to push saltwater into reel. let reels drip dry. Then spray with reel magic, let it sit for a few minutes, and lightly rinse.

    After reels dry, back off drags. Spray them with penn reel cleaner. Penn reel cleaner leaves a nice light oil coat. Penn cleaner also is good for the rods.

    I know it sounds like alot of steps, but it is not bad if you are already cleaning boat or fish. Sometimes I do this in the spare shower. Hope this helps.
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 17,098 AG
    edited May 2018 #11
    I spray down my reels with fresh water after every use.

    When I break them down and clean them, generally once per season or once every other season (or after a saltwater dunk), I use 90% isopropyl alcohol to clean the parts and then apply oil (on bearings) and grease (on practically everything else) when reassembling.
  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    edited February 2019 #12
    Thankyou everyone for all your Awesome help! 👍

    Lesson learned for me. The reason I had to clean it out is, I thought leaving my rod and reel on a beach towel while I swam was enough protection?🤓 Geez! The sand got in there bad. That won’t happen again.

  • Rich MRich M Posts: 1,326 Officer
    Sand is tough on reels.

  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    Like many of us found out during our younger days with a pretty girl on the beach. Sand can find it's way in anywhere, even with a towel.
    🤣 That was Perfect Conchydong!
  • BTVengeanceBTVengeance SCPosts: 33 Greenhorn
    Like many of us found out during our younger days with a pretty girl on the beach. Sand can find it's way in anywhere, even with a towel.
    👍👍👍
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    I spray with hose let dry them I spray guides and reel with Ardent Reel Kleen or reel magic. When they get a little stiff I break them down, clean and re-greese and re-oil. It's not difficult after the 20th or 30th time. The key is making sure the screws and nuts you need to break the reel down are regularly given a drop of oil.
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  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,335 Captain
    The one item any would be reel repairman really must have ( before you ever start tearing down a reel...) is the schematic for that model.  Without it you’re just guessing.
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • BinderBinder Posts: 3,993 Captain
    I tighten down the drag and hose them off with fresh water. 

    If you do this make sure to loosen the drag afterwards so you don't crush your washers.
  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    The one item any would be reel repairman really must have ( before you ever start tearing down a reel...) is the schematic for that model.  Without it you’re just guessing.
    Most Certainly Bob. Years ago I tried going in blind on my Curado 300e and completely forgot where anything went. That was a mess! I had to end up mailing a zip lock bag filled with all the parts back out to Shimano to have them put it back together, with a note that said, “I Dun messed up!”

    Now, I always make sure I have the schematic, AND a video tutorial to watch from. 

    Your right, when it comes to messing around with all those tiny pieces, you definitely need a road map.
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    Youtube has some great info on taking down and cleaning reels. Also you can learn a lot here;
    http://www.alantani.com


    I liked this guy's vid


    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    Important,  when he mentions about not getting oil or grease on the anti=reverse take that was gospel. Otherwise you'll be doing this

    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • XafXaf Posts: 1,117 Officer
    edited June 2018 #23
    I agree with Conchy,go to alantani.com and you will find information that will help keep your reels in great shape.  Agree about the sand getting into every nook and cranny.  :s
  • haydenfox!#$haydenfox!#$ Posts: 2,408 Captain
    I tighten the drag and spray at end of day. I will say I haven't had much luck keeping that green build up off the outside. When it's time I have them cleaned. Funny thing is they never get the green crud off. 
  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,563 Captain
    Elbow Grease !
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  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    Thankyou for the Alan Tani suggestions guys. I checked out the site. A lot of help info there.👍
  • BTVengeanceBTVengeance SCPosts: 33 Greenhorn
    I just received a new Stradic C3000HG for my birthday and in big print the instructions stated Do not disassemble this reel.

    just a side note but if you have not used one of the new Stradics the anti-reverse lock is always on, no flip switch like the old model.  Not so sure how I am going to like that concept.
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Posts: 2,422 Captain
    Mineral spirits (in the store it’s usually labeled “paint thinner”).  I drop each part into a small  bath of the stuff, scrub gently with an old toothbrush- then allow to dry on a paper towel.  This removes all old grease and oil leaving the metal or plastic part in-harmed.  Once you’be done that you can plainly see if the part is good or needs to be replaced.  I was taught how to clean and repair reels at the first tackle shop I worked at back in 1972....
      I was lucky enough to work with **** Goode for a few years before his passing. I did the rod repair, and he did the reels. He had an old Coca-Cola ice box that he used to clean parts with mineral spirits, he'd scrub them down, then blow them dry with an air compressor. I'd watch him tinker with a reel for half the day sometimes, when he finished up it was always the same price regardless of the condition of the reel. A lot of the reels that were brought in were shamefully neglected. I learned a lot from him, and I learned a lot about what not to do to a reel from our customers. I still use mineral spirits, the lube I use these days is a lead based, highly carcinogenic concoction used by the US military to service aircraft. This, combined with a little bit of loc-tite has done well by me. I haven't sent a reel out for factory service in over 10 years.
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,305 Admiral
    I don't find reels that difficult to disassemble and reassemble.  
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  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,373 Officer
    A little syn motor oil in the right places goes a long way. On my Stradics I oil the line rollers almost every trip.
  • AlphachiefAlphachief Posts: 13 Deckhand
    I have mainly Cabo's.  I just rinse good with fresh water after every trip and about once a month break them down and re-oil.  Never had a problem with them.
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