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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:41 pm • #  
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I recently picked up a tub of Penn Blue Reel Grease. It's the aluminum based lubricant that seems to have replaced silicon lubricants in recent years.

Anyone have any experience with this on Mitchell reels? And if not, I'll let you know as I progress.

BTW, the local yokels look at me cross-eyed when I step out with my Gold series rods and Mitchell reels. Of course, they're busy buying new rods and reels constantly when their stuff breaks or wears out each season. More fools they.

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Hi Gary,

I receive the same types of looks and stares using my vintage rods and reels that I just always attribute to being jealous in not having what we have. As for the Penn Blue Grease, I have found the viscosity to be too high, I add Starrett Machine and Instrument oil to lower the viscosity then just lubricate with a small paint/parts brush. Hope this helps mate!

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I wondered about the viscosity. It's compounded for heavier baitcasting reels to begin with, but from what I can see, has better long term lubrication and corrosion prevention features than silicon based compounds.

I'll try that trick of thinning it a bit before applying it. I also have a back stock of Garcia silicote lube and oil that I picked up somewhere for the light reels. You can never have too much grease in the house.

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Gary Roberts wrote:
I recently picked up a tub of Penn Blue Reel Grease. It's the aluminum based lubricant that seems to have replaced silicon lubricants in recent years.


Yes I have used it in past

IIRC Penn Blue is Hydrocarbon Based oil, but don't think it is aluminum based soap
Where did you find this info about the thickener? They don't even show that in the MSDS I saw
I shifted over to a slightly different consistency grease
I now use an Aluminum Complex with a synthetic PAO based oil type
It is NLGI #2

Aluminum Complex is a great choice for the thickener, though...
It has about a 95%+ reversibility (Sucks oil back in and returns to original consistency after being worked)
The highest oil to soap/thickener ratio of greases (Great lubrication)
Is compatible with all other greases except bentone based greases
Excellent resistance to water wash out
Excellent resistance to rusting and oxidation

IIRC the old Mitchell grease was a Lithium based soap, but at the moment I can't remember the oil base type

Regards, Reid

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Here's the url with the PR information:

http://www.x1r.com/penn1.htm

The MSDS shows it's basically on the low end of nasty as compared to some stuff. Typical mild hydrocarbons, my guess is mostly for the solvents. Not that I'm an engineer or any kind of expert.

Trying the highly scientific finger test and it seems only a little bit more viscous than Silicote grease. Given that it's a marine grade product, the corrosion resistance should be quite good. Given that I have a can of it, I'll try it out.

I doubt that Bass fishing in the Charles River will over tax this lubricant.

Gary

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Looking at that MSDS...
It will tell you that the mixture is "proprietary"
Another of the many SECRET formulas LOL
But you can look at the combustion products and it lists, oxides of calcium

So my guess would be it is a hydrocarbon based oil in a Calcium based soap
I used it for years, and you should be happy with it

Regards, Reid

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and best of all, the Mitchell reels will never know it's a Penn product if we don't tell them

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