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Reel Maintenance

This page is intended as a quick guide to the best practice when maintaining your Daiwa reels.

How can I minimise damage to my reel during use?
Saltwater is your number one enemy, followed closely by sand and dirt. Try your best not to get saltwater or sand onto or into your gear. Cradle your outfit in your arm rather than laying it in the sand. Put your gear away while travelling in a boat to avoid exposure to salt spray.

Do I need to maintain my reel after using it?
Yes, absolutely. Simple maintenance will prolong the life of your reel and ensure that it continues to function with optimum performance.

My Reel is Magsealed. How do I service it?
All Magsealed reels should be returned to the Daiwa New Zealand Service Centre for servicing of Magsealed components.

My Reel is Magsealed. Is it waterproof?
Absolutely NO! Magsealed is a barrier designed to reduce water and dust penetration into the reel through the most common points of entry during normal use. *Magseal does not completely waterproof or dust proof your reel!

How often should I wash my reel?
If you fish in saltwater, it is inevitable you will get small amounts on your gear and what you do from there is quite important. Simply leaving it to sit on your gear can be the start of problems. Whether you fish in freshwater or saltwater, Daiwa New Zealand recommends washing your gear after every outing.

How do I wash my reel?
The best defence against saltwater is a light spray of freshwater to wash it away. Tighten the drag to avoid water contaminating the drag stack. Using a spray bottle, cover the exterior surfaces of the reel with a light mist. Alternatively you can use a damp rag to wipe off saltwater residue. Dry the reel immediately by shaking and winding, oscillate any moving parts, then dry the reel with a cloth to remove any remaining moisture. Once the reel is dry and surface contaminants have been removed, the exterior can be wiped down with with a thin layer of a synthetic lubricant such as CRC High Performance Multilube Gel to prevent any surface corrosion and/or deterioration from occurring. Finally loosen the drag stack so as to not compress the drag washers and leave the reel out in the open for a final air dry.

What do I do if my reel gets completely “dunked” in water?
Total immersion in water of any kind, but particularly saltwater, is bad news for a reel. Daiwa New Zealand recommends you have the reel stripped and rebuilt by our service centre.

What do I do if my reel gets completely “dunked” in saltwater?
If your reel has been immersed in saltwater, follow these steps as quickly as possible:

  • Spray the reel with fresh water using a hose.
  • Shake out any excess water.
  • Have the reel stripped and rebuilt by our service centre as soon as possible (be sure to advise our service team that the reel has been submerged).

*Note: We recommend that your reel is returned to our service centre immediately. Saltwater could start damaging reel components within days.

Can I use Penetrating Lubricant Sprays on my reel?
Daiwa does not recommend the use of aerosol style penetrating lubricant sprays directly on or in any of our reels. These sprays have a tendency to do more long-term harm to the reel than any short-term benefits that they may have. These sprays tend to dissolve and strip away the grease from inside bearings and gears leaving them dry and more prone to long term corrosion.

Should I apply oil my reel?
Oils should not be used on internal mechanical parts of Daiwa reels as they will also eventually thin grease lubrication of the bearings and gears. Please see below the locations that are ideal for oil application.

  • The handle knob bearings of all reels.
  • Line roller bearings of spinning reels.
  • Spool bearings of bait cast reels.
In these situations, oil can be used often but should be used in tiny amounts. One drop is more than enough for each bearing and any more will be a waste. Please note, never put oil down the main shaft of a spinning reel as this is the most common cause of a slipping anti reverse.