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Cleaning fly reels


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#1 KHoss

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:44 AM

Here is a video I did of the process for cleaning and servicing a vintage fly reel

I can be kind of intimidating to break down and clean reels, especially older ones that don't have instructions.

Let me know what you think on the process

 

 



#2 heavynets

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 12:00 PM

Your video and proceedure is fine, but a little different than I would have done it. Personally, I would have first removed all the dirt and oil with soap and water and a toothbrush. (Vinegar doesn't cut grease nearly as well as soap and water) I would follow the initial cleaning with a few cycles though an ultrasonic cleaner to get into the tight spots. I bought mine at Harbor Freight for cheap. Only then would I use a 50 - 50 vinegar and water mixture, left overnight to remove any rust. After a thorough rinse and drying apply a rust preventive oil on exposed metal and a light grease to bearings.

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:20 AM

thanks for the feedback

 

- I need to look into an ultrasonic cleaner

 

- I'll admit i was a bit "gentle" on this one.... most of my experience is with leaded Hardy reels, which are not as forgiving as the enamel reel in the video..



#4 Flat Rock native

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:32 AM

Thanks for posting, now I have some new projects on the list

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