Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I can vouch for the Zebco Quantum Hot Sauce, an excellent reel lubricant. Just don't put anything unusual on there, and an old gunsmith/rangemaster taught me that the less the better when it comes to grease and oil. So it really doesn't take much. A little bath in warm soapy water and a scrub with an old toothbrush will remove the vast majority of the old oil, grease, etc. Dry it thoroughly then use the quantum hot sauce. If you put grease on the pawls it will affect the sound of the reel. But it will reel up very smoothly.
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