What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

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What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby freelancer27 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:33 pm

Hi all,

I am looking for some recommendations on cleaning/ lubrication material. I am new to completely disassembling my reels and cleaning them.

I am wondering if you could help me understand what you are using to get the job done.

Since I have different brand reels (Shimano, Daiwa, Abu, Lew's) I am wondering you guys can recommend lube, grease, etc. that works for all reels?

Thanks a lot!

Cheers!

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby trevorvandam » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:32 pm

I don't completely teardown my reels myself. But I use shimano oil and grease. But I'm running low on grease, so I might try some different stuff. Im curios to see what other guys use for grease.

To wipe down my reels, I use penn rod and reel cleaner, really good stuff

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby accodn2ryan » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:11 pm

I'm pretty curious as well, but mainly as to what people use to clean and flush bearings. I've read people use lighter fluid, simple green, etc. Just wondering what's the best/safest to use for the bearings, so I don't ruin them.

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby TommyG » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:36 pm

I use the Simple Green Crystal for bearings.

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby JBcrankaddict » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:41 pm

I like TSI 321 for spool bearings, CorrosionX grease for internals, and CorrosionX spray for my anti reverse bearing.

I try to keep it simple and cheap when making recommendations on cleaning supplies. Wipe off the excess grease on internal parts with a paper towel. Brake parts cleaner works great for cleaning spool bearings and frame bearings(remove rubber seals) with a final dip in Acetone, and I use Dawn and water with a small brush for thoroughly cleaning internal parts. Stubborn grease often gets a shot of brake parts cleaner as well if the Dawn won't remove it. Only thing to worry about with bearings is if they have polymer cages. Simple Green would definitely be the way to go with those.

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby DirtyD64 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:28 pm

JBcrankaddict wrote:I like TSI 321 for spool bearings, CorrosionX grease for internals, and CorrosionX spray for my anti reverse bearing.

I try to keep it simple and cheap when making recommendations on cleaning supplies. Wipe off the excess grease on internal parts with a paper towel. Brake parts cleaner works great for cleaning spool bearings and frame bearings(remove rubber seals) with a final dip in Acetone, and I use Dawn and water with a small brush for thoroughly cleaning internal parts. Stubborn grease often gets a shot of brake parts cleaner as well if the Dawn won't remove it. Only thing to worry about with bearings is if they have polymer cages. Simple Green would definitely be the way to go with those.


Is acetone dangerous for spool bearings??? I just did basic cleaning on ALL of my reels, and flushed EVERY spool bearing with acetone and then added a tiny drop of oil... (All Daiwa reels, but one Chronarch MGL)

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby Strewth » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:34 pm

Yes. Acetone will kill bearings that have plastic cages. Any rubber seals should of course be removed.

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby JBcrankaddict » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:00 pm

DirtyD64 wrote:
JBcrankaddict wrote:I like TSI 321 for spool bearings, CorrosionX grease for internals, and CorrosionX spray for my anti reverse bearing.

I try to keep it simple and cheap when making recommendations on cleaning supplies. Wipe off the excess grease on internal parts with a paper towel. Brake parts cleaner works great for cleaning spool bearings and frame bearings(remove rubber seals) with a final dip in Acetone, and I use Dawn and water with a small brush for thoroughly cleaning internal parts. Stubborn grease often gets a shot of brake parts cleaner as well if the Dawn won't remove it. Only thing to worry about with bearings is if they have polymer cages. Simple Green would definitely be the way to go with those.


Is acetone dangerous for spool bearings??? I just did basic cleaning on ALL of my reels, and flushed EVERY spool bearing with acetone and then added a tiny drop of oil... (All Daiwa reels, but one Chronarch MGL)

The only bearings it will harm is the Quantum bearings. They have polymer cages that will be destroyed by acetone. I remember reading about another brand (possibly ZPI) that used them as well, but haven't heard of many people using them. Bocas, Hedgehog, Shimano and Daiwa bearings should all be fine. Acetone doesn't have the cleaning power of brake parts cleaner though, and is much more expensive, so I use brake parts cleaner to flush bearings, especially if they are greased frame bearings, then dip in Acetone to clean off any residue.

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby Strewth » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:03 pm

Paslode cleaner is also very effective for cleaning bearings. Best to spin them in a small jar of it using a Dremel.

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Re: What are you using to clean, lube, grease your reels?

Postby DirtyD64 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:38 am

JBcrankaddict wrote:
DirtyD64 wrote:
JBcrankaddict wrote:I like TSI 321 for spool bearings, CorrosionX grease for internals, and CorrosionX spray for my anti reverse bearing.

I try to keep it simple and cheap when making recommendations on cleaning supplies. Wipe off the excess grease on internal parts with a paper towel. Brake parts cleaner works great for cleaning spool bearings and frame bearings(remove rubber seals) with a final dip in Acetone, and I use Dawn and water with a small brush for thoroughly cleaning internal parts. Stubborn grease often gets a shot of brake parts cleaner as well if the Dawn won't remove it. Only thing to worry about with bearings is if they have polymer cages. Simple Green would definitely be the way to go with those.


Is acetone dangerous for spool bearings??? I just did basic cleaning on ALL of my reels, and flushed EVERY spool bearing with acetone and then added a tiny drop of oil... (All Daiwa reels, but one Chronarch MGL)

The only bearings it will harm is the Quantum bearings. They have polymer cages that will be destroyed by acetone. I remember reading about another brand (possibly ZPI) that used them as well, but haven't heard of many people using them. Bocas, Hedgehog, Shimano and Daiwa bearings should all be fine. Acetone doesn't have the cleaning power of brake parts cleaner though, and is much more expensive, so I use brake parts cleaner to flush bearings, especially if they are greased frame bearings, then dip in Acetone to clean off any residue.


Ok well I am going to look for some brake parts cleaner coming up... Cleaned all my reels good, but might have forgotten to lube the SV105, something is making it very rough after a good trip today. Something else I noticed after all those cleanings, it seems to me the Chronarch MGL has more of a connected feeling than my Zillion SV TW's do... The Daiwa's seem to have more of the air/floating feeling.


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