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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:11 pm • #  
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Hello everyone. New to the site.
Ive got several reels ive been disassembling and cleaning. Ive been using dish soap to soak them in. What does everyone else use?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:39 pm • #  
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Greetings Mitchell1965,
Welcome to the Mitchell Reel Museum.
If I get a reel dirty one, I go for the Dawn dishwashing detergent, hot water, dry off, then a light wipe down with oil.

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Ted Lanham


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:19 pm • #  
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WD-40 and a toothbrush work pretty well.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:46 pm • #  
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Like Ted, I use Dawn dish soap too. Sometimes I use Goo Gone
with a very soft toothbrush too on the outside areas of the reel.
If the internals are really nasty, I'll use lacquer thinner or mineral spirits.
Last week I disassembled a 300C that I just bought, and I don't have a clue what kind of grease was used on the gears but lacquer thinner, mineral spirits and dawn dish soap wouldn't touch it.
No matter how long I cleaned, a film still remained. On the plus side whatever the grease was is very good because even after all the cleaning, it still had a slippery film on everything.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:37 pm • #  
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I purchased 3 300's that were in a plastic bag disassembled for $10. One of them had grease in it like you describe. Didnt want to soak it in anything too strong and have it effect the paint.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:23 pm • #  
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I don't use lacquer thinner on the outside of the reels because I don't want to take a chance of damaging or dulling the paint.
If the inside of the reel is really bad, I remove as much as I can
and the put a small amount of thinner inside the body and use a fairly soft brush. I do sometimes let the internal parts soak though.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:19 pm • #  
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Is it a good idea or a bad idea to use WD-40 to clean up old reels and old grease and grime??

You guys have me curious now... Dawn?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:07 am • #  
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I've never used wd-40 to clean reels, but I guess some people do.
Dawn dish soap is a very good de-greaser. If you get something that is stubborn and doesn't want to clean easily, you can mix up some dawn with warm or hot in a small container and let the part soak for awhile. It doesn't take a lot of soap for it to work.

Besides the fact that it works very well, it's cheap and you don't have the smell that some de-greasers, or other products used to clean have.


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