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I had a reel start binding up on me this weekend so I tore it apart and cleaned the gears up. Now I am curious as to what everyone uses as a grease for the gears inside your reels. I have some greese that came with one of my reels but it just doesnt seem thick enough. So wondering if there is something out that at say walmart or ctire that i could pick up. thanks
 

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I had a reel start binding up on me this weekend so I tore it apart and cleaned the gears up. Now I am curious as to what everyone uses as a grease for the gears inside your reels. I have some greese that came with one of my reels but it just doesnt seem thick enough. So wondering if there is something out that at say walmart or ctire that i could pick up. thanks
I've always used sewing machine oil and it seems to work fine.. no idea if there's anything better
 

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WalMart I know sold an oil in a small tube that works excellent when you take a reel apart and lube it up again. I bought a new Shakespeare spincast reel a month ago and dunked it in the water. Seemed to crank a bit sluggish until I put the bifocals on one night and stripped it down to grease / oil it up with that product. Works like a charm now. Might sell it at Can Tire who knows. It was goldish in colour and kinda like a sewing machine oil I suppose.
 

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thanks i might try some sewing machine oil
 

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ct $ wallymart both can have reel grease. the grease comes in an accordian/ribbed plastic squeeze thingy about 1 1/2 by 1 1/2". this is grease, not oil. some people use white zinc as grease, occasionaly vasalean even. i don't do all the maintanance i should, only repleacing grease when it melts down or is corupted with junk. i have one striper reel that squeals no matter where or how i grease and oil it.
 

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Generally, grease is used to lubricate parts because it sticks to metal, provides a film to prevent metal to metal contact and won't easily wash out when immersed in water. OIl is lighter than water, so if a reel gets immersed, most of the oil is displaced, along with its lubricating properties. I would use both. Grease first, then oil. If the reel gets wet, you will still have lubrication.

Lubricants prevent metal on metal contact, oil or grease.

Grease traps abvrasive material in it and should be removed and replaced with clean grease on a regular basis, at least once a season. More if you fish a lot.

Any reel grease or lithium grease is OK. Petroleum jelly too if you're stuck. It is thinner than reel grease.
 

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Well I prefer vaseline...just make sure you clean the reel cavity very well and seal it up tight when done.I even put a thin film of it around the cover before i put it back on. I do it once a year and I fish a lot.
 

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I use a clear grease that is a water repellant, its an idustrial product so i believe you would have to buy a tube from an industrial supplier .. I think its called viper .
 

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Make sure whatever you use, you don't use too much of it. Too much grease can be almost as bad as not enough.
 
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