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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 20 Dec 2013, 11:36 • #76 
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No, I did not realize that. Thanks for the tip!


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 29 Dec 2013, 13:14 • #77 
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Does anyone use Cal's Universal grease for fly reels? I use the purple version on my saltwater reels (Penn 704 Z, Mitchell 302, Penn 65) and applied to the drag washers it makes the drag smooth and excellent. His pitch is shown below:

Cal's Original Universal Reel and Star Drag grease is the result of decades of hands-on fishing and reel customizing experience combined with ultra-modern lubrication technology, including Teflon® and polymers. It offers:

Incredible salt-water corrosion protection on all metals, including aluminum, steel, and brass.
Safe use on anodized and plated surfaces.
Safe use on all common plastics, drag materials, seals and o-rings used in reels.
Baby skin smooth, ultra-consistent star drag performance
Superior resistance to heat and breakdown in drags and reels (Dropping point is >500°F!).
Reduced gear-drive friction for easier cranking.
Minimal grease "creep" - it stays where you put it.

The finest grease available for both drags and the moving parts of your reels.

It has served me well in salt water but I'm wondering how it might affect vintage fly reels comprised of vintage materials.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 29 Dec 2013, 16:43 • #78 
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klingon1539 wrote:
It has served me well in salt water but I'm wondering how it might affect vintage fly reels comprised of vintage materials.

me too - safe for anodized finish does not mean safe for bare aluminum. See if it has lithium listed - if it does, don't use it on your vintage alloy reels.
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Hot Sauce has been on my vintage reels for 10 years, and performs better than any other lube I've ever used.
I've lubed other people's $3000 reels with it, and have not worried about.
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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 29 Dec 2013, 17:52 • #79 
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Going to pick up some Hot Sauce.

Nice Kosmic BTW!


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 14 Aug 2014, 20:47 • #80 
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A friend in the auto restoration business gave me a bottle of 200 mph All Metal Polish.

He recommended it for brass and aluminum.

I used it on the brass end caps of a Leonard rod tube, about 2 years ago, and it has not oxidized yet.

[Please don't post names, phone numbers, or email addresses on the forum. The product weblink was broken, so I deleted it. Tom]


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Removed phone numbers - Tom


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 23 Aug 2014, 21:03 • #81 
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I've collected a large number of working reels that have come on rods or were purchased to try out (and I've never actually lined most of them up).

However my question is on the following reel
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There are a couple of places that it looks like the metal is oxidizing. Is there something I should do other than the normal cleaning (and giving it a boshield afterward)? I want to try to save as much paint as possible.

I'll try and get "after" pictures of this one.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 24 Aug 2014, 07:20 • #82 
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Medalist is particularly ornery with a vinegar bath because the 2000-series aircraft aluminum sheet they used is alloyed with copper.
Never more than a half-hour in a vinegar bath.
Definitely chase it with Boeshield.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 24 Aug 2014, 14:39 • #83 
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Boeshields is the best I recently started using it thanks to all recommendations I've read from bulldog. Easy to use and gives the reel a nice new looking finish. Now I feel like a disciple of bulldog as any time the subject of reels comes up among me and my friends I can't stop talking about it.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 12 Dec 2014, 16:04 • #84 
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Guess I should have read all the posts before asking the question. However; I thought I read somewhere that vinegar and baking soda where great for this cleaning process. Can you tell me if this will work, with vinegar, on Pfleuger Medalist and Martin reels with no harmful effects? Thank you kindly, Larry


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 12 Dec 2014, 17:07 • #85 
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Larry see three posts above yours for the Medalist. Go ahead and do the Martin as per the instructions at the beginning of this topic. Works well.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 15 Dec 2014, 12:36 • #86 
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Thank you very much Rockthief and to the others who posted.
Which is best when restoring reels and which is better for maintenance of reels;
Hot Sauce Lube/Reel Grease? Thanks, Larry


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 15 Dec 2014, 12:45 • #87 
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When is Boeshield used? In place of Hot Sauce or as a finisher after cleaning?


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 15 Dec 2014, 13:20 • #88 
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Boeshield is a cleaner and wax with corrosion inhibitors to protect the finish.
Hot sauce is lube.
If you clean the inside of the reel with Boeshield, then you'll have to lube afterwards, kinda by definition.
You can spray the outside of the reel any time with Boeshield.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 15 Dec 2014, 13:46 • #89 
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Thanks Bull Dog


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 08 Mar 2015, 14:34 • #90 
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Gents great tips.

I've only needed to use a simpler 3-step cleaning process:

1. Loctite Electrical Parts Cleaner
2. Boeshield T9
3. Grease and Oil

Have any of you used Loctite brand electrical parts cleaner? I've been using it for years as the first step to cleaning any reel, works great as a degreaser and is safe on all metals. I spray some on a j-cloth and wipe, using a q-tip and toothpick to get into tighter areas. Once done, I apply some of that T9 stuff on all areas and then finally the grease and oil.

As far as the hotsauce goes, I'm more partial to non-colored grease even though I use it on my Princes. I also own some baitcasters and a few spinning reels and hotsauce tends to leave a red tint on any white plastic parts that it comes in contact with and I can't seem to get it out. After that I tried a bunch of others. Lately I've been using Abu Silicote with PTFE and so far so good.

Ps. It's amazing how old this thread is and yet still so relevant, thanks OP.

When I first got this 505L recently, I was so anxious to clean it up that I forgot to take a before pic.

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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 08 Mar 2015, 15:10 • #91 
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Check the reel papers for the optimum installation position of the engaged pawl. That one should be turned over. If that one isn't the one wanted for your chosen winding direction, it should then be turned out of engagement and the other one rotated into engagement position.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 08 Mar 2015, 15:19 • #92 
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I actually never knew that it mattered. Thanks for the tip whirlpool.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 Apr 2015, 12:33 • #93 
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Roland,where did you find Boeshield in Ontario?I've never seen it,but would like to purchase some.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 Apr 2015, 13:16 • #94 
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Stonefly, Lee Valley hardware store has them:

29.5ml bottle $5.60
340g aerosol $22.50


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 Apr 2015, 13:32 • #95 
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Thanks.I'll have to go out to burlington.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 May 2015, 07:25 • #96 
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It's high time I clean a few of my reels. I found some hot sauce lube and grease, but I can't find Boeshield spray anywhere here, just the 4 oz. bottle. Should I not bother or just dribble a few drops on a cloth and wipe away any grime during cleaning, and then so the same to the outside of the reel after lubing? I could find a silicon gun cloth easily enough if it's better, butchers wax is hopeless and the abrasiveness of renaissance wax scares me off.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 May 2015, 07:42 • #97 
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Oliver, try bike shops, marine supply, or online.
https://www.google.com/shopping/product/17786162664680605240?q=boeshield%20t9%2012%20oz.%20aerosol&espv=2&biw=1600&bih=799&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.&bvm=bv.92291466,d.b2w&tch=1&ech=1&psi=VsVEVfeoO4nVsAXOj4HIAg.1430570337704.5&prds=hsec:online,paur:ClkAsKraX77sRfqtokOkPXZK_KvcNmcsBO7EfHSimjrqh_sf5q-dQrDQxujI7DKUGRQgdXtYKImOMDrOQuzDzfTS3lRcJL7v3KNTOrO2jbkj9ZAhI4g837OQvhIZAFPVH73xk8KidsfLuJyUk2gFqQDemmA8GQ,scoring:tp&ved=0CBEQ2Ss&ei=YsVEVZ7UJMTZsAWjk4DgDg
sorry about scrolling the page with that link
you also don't have to use the aerosol, you can use the drip bottle, but the aerosol is easier to apply, especially under greasy pawl stanchions


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 May 2015, 16:05 • #98 
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Thanks! I might just try to pick up a bottle at Walmart or wherever when I'm in the US in June, no luck finding it anywhere in mainland europe in the spray version yet.


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 May 2015, 16:07 • #99 
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you can try cleaning with mineral spirits


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Re: Cleaning Reels
Post 02 May 2015, 19:14 • #100 
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Just FYI - Bass Pro Shops carries Boeshield T-9 in the large aerosol can.
Not sure if it's in store, but it's on the web page.


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