The cleaning process

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The beginning

SMOOTHREELS.COM was originally Ryan's Custom Rods and Reel Shop.  I have been cleaning and repairing fishing reels for over 9 years.  My business started out building 1 crappie rod and cleaning a handful of reels the first year.  The word spread that there was a guy in Kansas City performing reel maintenance again.  I have cleaned several thousand reels since.  All types from $1200 Megabass round reels to Zebco 33's. 

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Reel Cleaning

Reel cleaning is something that should be done yearly to keep your reels performing to their top potential.  Reels that are cleaned go through a process that has been refined (often copied) over the years.  


Reel cleaning starts by checking the reel.  Doing a once over the reel before servicing it can identify what issues the reel may be facing.  


Once the reel is checked it is completely disassembled.  Parts are put into a tray to keep everything organized.  Everything is put into a basket that goes into an ultrasonic cleaner for 15 minutes.  I use a special solution that does a wonderful job of cleaning the dirt, grease and oils from the reel.  If there is any residual dirt, grease or oil on the reel it will be cleaned with a soft brush.


Reels are then reassembled using Penn reel grease for gears and Reel X oil for other moving parts.  This process has proven to last the longest in weekend tournament use.    


Bearings are put into a heated ultrasonic cleaner for 30 minutes in a special solution designed to micro-clean the bearing surfaces.  The bearings are then air dried and re-oiled with TSI-321.  This oil was designed for the Apollo space mission to withstand the rigors of space travel.  It does not washout like other oils.