Help with cleaning up found reel

Discussion in 'Reel Repair and Upgrades' started by CharlieTN, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. CharlieTN

    CharlieTN Member

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    Charles Shepher
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    I’m in Edisto SC for vacation and found this reel that had been buried in the mud for a bit. The crusty stuff comes off pretty easily. I’ve got it soaking in some fresh water to wash out the salt water. It may be a lost cause but I’ve got to try. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Is there any sort of solution or oil to soak it in to help get rid of the crud?

    Once I get home I’ll see if I can get it apart.
     
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  2. Cuda

    Cuda Active Member

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    A lot of WD40 soaking and rubbing with OOOO steel wool. And new bearings and lube you might get lucky to get it working again.
     
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  3. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    it looks like an eagle claw reel i think.....if it was me i would cut the line off with a utility knife loosen the side screws / take the handle off / get a coffee can or Tupperware etc........soak it over night in some kerosene....... then get the hot water and dawn after it.....
     
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  4. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    I agree totally. Then wipe it off real good and set it on the fireplace mantle and leave it. I think it is too far gone to do a lot with.

    Just my humble opinion.

    tight lines.
     
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  5. CharlieTN

    CharlieTN Member

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    It very may well be toast but I figure it’s a good chance to learn by trying. I have nothing to loose on this one other than time. Better to play on this one than my Penn 9 that I use.
     
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  6. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    Haha, no your fine Charles. You may get it back to being a functioning reel. But I know what salt water can do in a short time. Of course there is nothing wrong with giving it a try. Good luck and I hope the replaced parts, bearings and such are not to expensive.
     
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  7. Torvaldsberg

    Torvaldsberg Member

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    Used to work at an auto parts store. Soaking it in PB Blaster will probably get you better results than WD-40. WD-40 is better for lubricating, but PB Blaster penetrates like much more quickly and thoroughly. For removing the rust and crust, CLR from your local store's cleaning aisle will be a big help.
     
  8. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    You can shine that crome right back up after you get the crud off...Use #0000 steel wool works like a charm and won't leave no scratches
     
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