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The only reel I've upgraded the drag washers in, is a Penn 209 which I use for occasional salt water. Shimano actually makes a drag washer grease for these carbon fiber washers. I put a very thin coating on mine when I installed them, mostly to prevent brittleness, and I don't notice any detriment whatsoever. Seems like I read somewhere at one point that it was a good idea but I'm no expert at it.

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If using in freshwater there’s no reason to grease or oil then. That’s my understanding at least

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I only use enough drag grease on mine to barely see my fingerprint, at least it has worked for me.  I  also back off my drags after each outing.

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It won't hurt anything but not necessary either. Grease helps dissipate heat in applications where big fish make long runs DNA to bass. 

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