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Hey all,

After losing my old rods and reels i've now purchased 4 new shimano 2500 and 4000 size reels combined with new rods from+_+_).

After each trip i like to soap up my rods and reels then lightly hose off the soap after each outing. Once the

soap is off i take a towel and drag off the excess water before i loosen the drag on all the reels. Problem is I only recently asked myself - What if water can get through the reel internally from the drag and go right down to the internal part of the reel CAUSING IT TO RUST?

I called SHIMANO and this guy told me to never hose the reels, only to use WD40 every now and then..

I'm still not sure whether i should take his advice as i have heaps of salty residue / water splashed on the reels after each outing.

I need some advice from experienced rod and reel cleaners who have kept their rods and reels in Great condition/ no problems in excess of 10 years ?

Can anyone tell me what i should do ? i don't want to have to keep forking out money every few years to replace siezed reels

Edited by archilles2
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I wash my shimano stradics and daiwas with hot soapy water after every outing and the stradics are over 6 yrs old and dont miss a beat. A light hose off and towel dry or chamoi and you will have no rust problems as you have washed all the salt water off and thats what you are trying to achieve,GET RID OF THE SALT which causes the corrosion.

Cheers Stewy

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I called SHIMANO and this guy told me to never hose the reels, only to use WD40 every now and then..

I'm still not sure whether i should take his advice

WD 40????

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Make your own mind up?



Edited by Mariner 31
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thanks Swordfisherman and browney1 - i'm going to keep doing what i do but maybe reduce the pressure on the hose a little more , i don't like the idea of just using wd40 and only wiping dwon the reels, doesn't seem to get the salty residue off!

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I always give the rod and reel a minimum of a light spray with the hose and let it dry and give it a spray with Inox.

On heavier outings they get the soapy wash as well.

The advertising pictures on the Daiwa site show them giving them a hose so I assume its not like a hilux be rolled off a cliff :074:

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i will be useing it again on all of my rods & reels from now on.Aswell i have been told not to use it by a certian person ........ thanks for the write up on wd-40,, what we would we do without this site .thanks all


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Hey Mate

What I do is, Lock up the drag full tight as to not get water in the drag and then take both rod and reel onto the grass and wash it down and wind the handle as I go.

Another way is to again lock up the drag and take the rod and reel into the shower and have a shower with all your gear. Store the reel in the box once the reel is fully dry and wipe it over with inox or salt away.




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Being a solvent petrol base I don't think it would be good for some types of line and rubber seals ???

As it leaves a oily residue it wil attract dust.

Not sure what it does to line but a dry silicon would provide protection without the sticky factor ??

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I wash my rods and reels down with the hose after each trip and spray the reel liberally including around the drag knob with wd40 after every 3or 4 trips and i have never had a problem with rust or line being affected by the wd40, and I literally soak them in the stuff and just let it dry naturally.

my reels are in perfect working condition every time I use them.

at least once a year, more if needed, clean the drag and regrease it and nothing ever goes wrong!

I think a lot of stuff you hear about in regards to how you should look after you gear is designed to sell certain products and is not nessesarely correct. I have been doing it this way for years and you would have a very hard time convincing me that I am doing anything wrong because as I have already said - My reels are in perfect working order every time I use them!


Edited by tide'n'knots
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i take all my gear into the shower with me! Thats how much i love the stuff! Then i just towel dry and spray moving parts with inox every now and then...

Richard1 - im not an expert by any means, but i dont think dunking the entire reel in water is very good for them because the drag will get water in it etc... but i guess if you have been doing it for a while and nothings wrong with them then keep it up!

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I use Inox spray and Inox machinery grease. I hose my reels down and dry with a cloth after every trip and use the Inox spray and grease after every sixth session, or when ever I feel like it.

I've only dunk one reel into hot soapie water due to having fell into the water with my rod. Gave it a soak and shake, then sprayed internals with Inox and very light coat of Inox grease.

Inox does the job nice, no complaints.


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