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How do I clean my spincast reel?

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Basic Cleaning & Maintenance

After a day of fishing, rinse the reel inside and out with fresh water and allow to dry. Then lightly oil and grease easily accessible moving parts. This is especially important if the reel was used in saltwater or in dirty or muddy conditions. Do not use the reel until it is fully clean, as dirt and sand will cause damage.

Detailed Cleaning & Maintenance

Remove the reel covers, spinnerhead, spool, and washers, clutch ring, center shaft assembly, crank handle, bearing retainer clip, crank bearing, and crank shaft assembly. Line the parts in order of removal to allow for easy reassembly. Using a small paint brush or tooth brush, a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid), scrub and rinse all visible gunk and debris from the reel body and parts. Allow to dry, or dry with a soft, clean cloth. Relubricate the parts during reassembly according to directions in the spincast lubrication section. If you are uncomfortable with a more detailed cleaning, contact one of our authorized Zebco Brands Service Centers.

Note: To remove the spinnerhead, you must hold the handle so it does not move as you turn the spinnerhead counterclockwise. Watch a video on how to remove the spinnerhead.

Saltwater Cleaning & Maintenance

NOTE: The majority of spincast reels are not designed for saltwater use. Please contact us if you are unsure if your reel is suitable for saltwater use.

After each saltwater fishing trip, remove the spool and soak in fresh water, thoroughly rinse the reel body with a light spray of fresh water. Thorough cleaning after each saltwater trip is very important to the life and dependability of your reel. The reason for this is that every time saltwater gets on the reel and dries, it leaves a microscopic coating of “crystalline” salt residue. This salt coating will not only attack the components in the reel but will create the same wearing and/or binding effect as sand or dirt.

After the saltwater and saltwater residue is rinsed from the reel, use a clean dry cloth to remove the excess water from the reel and spool. Then, use a good quality lubricant that contains “corrosion inhibitors” and apply a light coating on the reel. We recommend using products designed for fishing reels.