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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 07 Jun 2017, 17:41 • #126 
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I've used a gun cleaner called G96 for many years and have great results.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 22 Oct 2018, 18:13 • #127 
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Thanks for this thread, followed the cleaning directions recently and I was very pleased with the results. It seems hot sauce grease/oil is impossible to find now, any other recommendations? I was thinking of some Penn reel oil and grease?


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 22 Oct 2018, 20:32 • #128 
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You can find Hot Sauce in some general tackle stores. If you can't find any, order some STOS grease from Ponsness-Warren, a maker of reloading equipment in Idaho. The initials stand for "Slicker than owl snot" or something, is great on guns, and will turn your pedestrian little line-winder into a Bad Machine. :-)


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 22 Oct 2018, 21:42 • #129 
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I contacted Zebco, and they said they're working on a supplier for Hot Sauce grease.
I still have some around here, so I'm not looking for a replacement.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 23 Oct 2018, 18:46 • #130 
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I like the penn grease, on Amazon you can buy a big tub for just a few dollars more than the little container. The Penn oil bottle is hard to use/messy, I found a needle oiler that I like much better but forget the brand right now.

(edit)the needle oiler is Daiwa brand and is very easy to use allowing placement of a single drop in tight places.

I tried the Penn reel cleaner which works great, but smells to high heaven(my wife banned it from the house) and leaves a film behind (just as they say it will on the bottle) it took a couple days before I got my hands not to smell and not feel oily. Not sure I will ever use it again, but if I was fishing in salt water it would be a different story as I think it would really help protect the reel from salt.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 30 Oct 2018, 20:50 • #131 
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Thanks for the replies. Local options are very limited to me. A few Walmarts, a store that carries some decent but limited fishing supplies but is more geared towards hunting/firearms stuff, and a nice but, again, somewhat limited fly shop are my only options within an hour's drive. I end up having to order some pretty basic stuff online. It's easy enough to click a button but sometimes it would be nice to know I could drive 15 minutes and get something as simple as good reel oil.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 18 Dec 2018, 05:12 • #132 
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I am restoring a Hardy St Aidan which had a few small patches of corrosion on the spool.
I followed Bulldog's instructions: 30 minutes vinegar bath followed by soap and then rinse.
When I started using a piece of cloth to rub a couple of the remaining patches of dirt off (especially under the retaining latch cover) I got a whole lot of pale grey ?dirt off. And it kept coming almost all over the spool. It this corrosion, or am I removing a layer of paint or lacquer?
thanks


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 18 Dec 2018, 05:56 • #133 
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that sounds like lacquer.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 18 Dec 2018, 06:49 • #134 
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Thanks
So is this coming off just a function of the age/condition of the reel, and the likelihood that the washing has loosened everything?
Would Boeshield (if I can find it in the UK) stabilise the lacquer?


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 18 Dec 2018, 07:19 • #135 
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no, might wet and remove the rest, but it would essentially wax over it


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 18 Dec 2018, 10:20 • #136 
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bulldog, would you recommend removal of the rest of the lacquer?


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 18 Dec 2018, 11:30 • #137 
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I probably would just wax over it with a good Carnuba wax


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 19 Dec 2018, 18:31 • #138 
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Sash, if you want Boeshield for other reel tasks, it can be found in the UK, usually from bicycle or marine suppliers. Important to refer to it as Boeshield T9, or just T9, as this is how it is usually known.

Here's one source: https://www.rutlands.co.uk/sp+power-too ... gJ5XPD_BwE

I bought mine at Arthur Beale's in London https://arthurbeale.co.uk/ab/ - here's their pages on T9 https://arthurbeale.co.uk/ab/node/42 and https://www.arthurbeale.co.uk/cgi-bin/s ... l#SID=1403

They sell it on-line but nice to shop face-to-face with humans in real time at a 400 year old business, gloriously incongruous in contemporary Covent Garden, if you are in central London.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 07 Aug 2019, 08:18 • #139 
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I have a can of Boeshield that I use on my scroll saw, and several other tools, am now going to try it on my Reels. Thank you!


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 14 Aug 2019, 20:15 • #140 
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Boeshield can also be found at Camping World stores. It's not cheap, but as stated over and over, it is good stuff.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 14 Nov 2019, 13:25 • #141 
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Took me a while to catch up with this Topic, but it's very helpful. Thanks.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 15 Nov 2019, 07:22 • #142 
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you're welcome

The carrier in Boeshield is mineral spirits, and it's also the cleaning solvent.
If anyone needs the cleaning without the Boeshield extras, you can try mineral spirits with a q-tip.
Compared to other solvents such as acetone and denatured alcohol, mineral spirits evaporates slower so it stays around longer to do a more thorough job, while still being nice to plastics with any degree of cross-linking (unlike, e.g., methylene chloride).


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 27 Dec 2019, 09:36 • #143 
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PinkSquirrel wrote:
Medalist paint seems to be very fragile and tricky to deal with.

I don't recommend vinegar bath on a Medalist.
The aircraft sheet they used is alloyed with copper, and copper particles in the metal surface can produce hydrogen bubbles that adversely affect the paint.
Better to use boeshield/ mineral spirits to clean gunk from your Medalist.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 18 Jan 2020, 13:15 • #144 
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New here and by no means an expert. Wondered if anyone has tried silicon plumbing grease used for water faucets? Readily available at hardware store and figured being engineered to withstand the frequent on/off of faucet valves in a water environment, it would work well on reels. I've been using it for a couple years with no problems.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 03 Apr 2020, 13:31 • #145 
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The bowling wax is a brilliant idea! I guess you can get it on Amazon?


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