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What do you guys use for cleaning/flushing out bearings and what not on reels? I have heard of people using acetone, but I kind of want some others' opinions about what they use before I try it myself.

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Acetone.

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with these tools:

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and CRC brake cleaner or Carbutator cleaner w/ bearing blaster to blast out those gunk.

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Acetone is hands down the best choice. The spray and blaster help but are not a substitute for soaking. Ultrasonics will probably come up, and do speed up the process but are overkill for doing a few reels of your own.

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Bearing blaster and brakleen I just used as well.

Read that the Brakleen was Acetone. JFrancho mentioned in another post about soaking. I blasted the bearings then sprayed some brakleen in a jar then soaked the bearings swished a few times (repeat) then gave another blaster treatment. Let dry. Then drop of REM oil. My reel is SLICK-IT-TEE-SLICK now. Flip the handle & will spin 20 or so revolutions.

Thanks JFrancho

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Yep , I have found that the bearing blaster doesn't always get them 100%, though it reduces soak time to just an hour or so.

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How long do bearings require to soak in acetone? Also, do I need the tools shown in baluga's post? Thank you guys so much. This place is always so very helpful.

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How long do bearings require to soak in acetone? Also, do I need the tools shown in baluga's post? Thank you guys so much. This place is always so very helpful.

Nope acetone soak @ 5min intervals, in a glass baby food sized jar.

Blue tool removes engagement pin in spool shaft.

Red tool Bearing Blaster

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If your reel has a bearing behind a pin on the spool shaft I recommend leaving it and just spraying it out a sbest you can. You stand a good chance of damaging the spool or pin if you don't have a suitable tool and some practice using it.

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If your reel has a bearing behind a pin on the spool shaft I recommend leaving it and just spraying it out a sbest you can. You stand a good chance of damaging the spool or pin if you don't have a suitable tool and some practice using it.

I never understood why the manufacturers don't sell a pin remover. :rolleyes2:

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If you are creative, you can convert common hand tools to hake your own tool. I was lucky, someone did the work for me. Think pliers.

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with these tools:

and CRC brake cleaner or Carbutator cleaner w/ bearing blaster to blast out those gunk.

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OK, just noticed this. It's noty too often I see something that catches my eye in reel cleaning, but the white pudding dishes are a great idea. Looks like you can really see the parts better. Stealing this! I wonder if the guy that enameled my vintage bathtub can enamel my muffin pans.....Thanks.

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If you are creative, you can convert common hand tools to hake your own tool. I was lucky, someone did the work for me. Think pliers.

10-4. I just wish the companies would supply us with something.

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OK, just noticed this. It's noty too often I see something that catches my eye in reel cleaning, but the white pudding dishes are a great idea. Looks like you can really see the parts better. Stealing this! I wonder if the guy that enameled my vintage bathtub can enamel my muffin pans.....Thanks.

Here' what I've been using lately. You can get it from those kitchen stores.

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I never understood why the manufacturers don't sell a pin remover. :rolleyes2:

They never intended on the end user to remove the pin for servicing that spool support bushing/bearing.

Shimano uses a punch press with a spool jig..............

Tight Lines All! :fishing1:

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Be sure that what ever you spray is compatible with plastic. For example some (not me) used the original gun scrub. Not good as it got right after the plastic parts. I now use reel scrub which has worked fine. I don't do a full breakdown of my baitcasters. I pull the bearing, clean and relube, clean and lube the drag, clean and lightly grease the gears. Beyond that I send the reels to a pro. I do give the level wind screw a shot of lube every day. This is a throw back to a failure I had longer ago than I will admit. I do give the rotating bearings a drop of oil from time to time during the summer. I don't add oil to the antireverse roller bearing.

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They never intended on the end user to remove the pin for servicing that spool support bushing/bearing.

Shimano uses a punch press with a spool jig..............

Tight Lines All! :fishing1:

I'm assuming they want everyone to send their reel(s) in for servicing, correct?

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OK, just noticed this. It's noty too often I see something that catches my eye in reel cleaning, but the white pudding dishes are a great idea. Looks like you can really see the parts better. Stealing this! I wonder if the guy that enameled my vintage bathtub can enamel my muffin pans.....Thanks.

If you're cheap, like me, you can just use a styrofoam egg carton. Just used mine last night.

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Yeah, no. The part will get pushed into the styrofoam, and probably won't hold up to the quantities I see.

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Someone mentioned Reel Scrub. (Reel Scrubber) Unfortunately I went to order some from Birchwood/Casey and they are no longer making it. Booooooo. It has the ingredients listed on their MSDS sheets but it sure was nice to have in the spray can.

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Someone mentioned Reel Scrub. (Reel Scrubber) Unfortunately I went to order some from Birchwood/Casey and they are no longer making it. Booooooo. It has the ingredients listed on their MSDS sheets but it sure was nice to have in the spray can.

E-mail me I know were there is 3 cans.... :Victory:

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