10 thoughts on “What’s the best way to remove the old grease from the inside of a fishing reel ?

  1. If you’re going to take the reel apart, be prepared for everything that entails. (You’ll want everything you need readily available BEFORE you start – reel schematics, tools, grease, lube/oil, cleaner (carb/white gas), toothbrush, cloth, etc….)

    If you’re just opening up the reel, and cleaning the parts you can see without taking it apart, then I would recommend either a (in-a-can) carb cleaner (if you do this, then you’re going to need to have new grease and lube handy to replace the old stuff), alcohol, or diluted simple green.

    White gas works best, but you should really remove the parts and soak them for a short period of time before you return them to the reel and re-lube if you choose this method. Do NOT use it on any of the plastic pieces, only metal.

    Do not use WD-40, that’s not what it’s for.

    EDIT – White Gas: it is not “explosive.” This is something that PROFESSIONAL service departments and reel repair centers use frequently. This would be something like coleman stove gas, or something similar.

  2. Do not use white gas. It is too flammable and explosive. Although all grease cleaners are flammable to a certain extent some are much safer.

    I use an automotive product called Brakleen by CRC. It can be found at most hardware and auto stores. It comes in two types, chlorinated in a red can and non-chlorinated in a green can. I get the green can or non-chlorinated.

    I use this for everything which needs to have grease cleaned off prior to degreasing: sporting goods, tools, auto parts, engines, and firearms. Be sure to use it in a well ventilated area.

  3. As mentioned Q-tip or paper towel works great.

    I have a can of this stuff on my electrician work truck and have used it many times on my fishing reels and lots of other stuff. Works great.
    Prozone Solvent Degreasers are a fast acting combination of solvents in a water based solution which quickly penetrates through grease, grime and other contaminants. Dries virtually residue free leaving only a thin invisible film which protects the newly cleaned metal from surface oxidation. Non-flammable spray contains NO-CFCs, petroleum distillates or Chlorinated solvents.

  4. white spirit or washing up liquid one you have done that clean with a cloth thoroughly then if still greasy do it again then it will have definitely have gone

  5. As mentioned, make sure you’re ready to dis-assemble properly. I use an egg carton, and place the parts as they come out in order so they can go back in the way they came out.
    I’m surprised no-one mentioned “Simple Green” – use full
    stregnth with an old tooth-brush. Don’t worry about it getting on plastic, it won’t harm it. it is bio degradable and works great.

    So, clean w/ simple green (original), rinse, dry, re-grease, and re-assamble

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