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Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:25 pm 
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I have an old reel that has some Dacron type line that is tightly wrapped around the spool arbor. What is the best way to remove the line from the spool without damaging the spool at all? Can you soak it in some kind of solvent or liquid?


Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:46 pm 
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Generally, a soak in mineral spirits overnight does the trick, Paul. 1:1 white vinegar will likely workas well.


Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:58 pm 
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Thanks John. You're a gentleman and a scholar.


Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:09 am 
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If the line was put up wet and is now embedded in chalk-like oxide the vinegar will dissolve it so the line just falls off. I made a mess of one and gouged the arbor trying to pick bits of rotten line out of that crusty stuff.
-steve


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Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:46 pm 
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Yes that is what is happening. I tried the 50/50 vinegar and water mix and it worked good with no damage to the spool except it turned the metal to a rust color. What can bring the metal back to life and get rid of the rust coloring?


Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:26 am 
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That pinkish orange coat is very thin and will buff right off. It is something about the acids do that. It's almost as if a copper plating is left behind when the oxides dissolved. Ron may have some insight.
-steve


Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:04 am 
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Sounds good. Just use metal polish like Flitz? Or something else?


Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:02 am 
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Simichrome. Can get on line...it's at bike shops but they want stupid money for it! What reel do you have, Paul??


Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:38 am 
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It is a 1933 Penn Trade Reel Kingfisher 300 yard model.


Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:48 pm 
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Not to hijack, but I consider Simichrome and Flitz to be roughly equivalent. I checked the MSDS on each, and they appear very similar, primarily Alum Oxide, Ammonia, and hydrocarbons (some solvent). I have used Flitz for years, and had great results.

If anyone has any comparative info otherwise, I would love to hear about any disadvantages. Since they both contain aluminum, you really can't use it on that. You also have to be cautious of anything that cannot tolerate Ammonia, such as light anodizing or any paint without varnish.


Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:06 pm 
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Thanks Matt. I appreciate the info. Now I don't have to go buy some Simichrome as I have plenty of Flitz. This is good to know.


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