Fishing QuestionsCategory: Fishing Reel FAQIs wd40 good for fishing reels?
Caraesala asked 6 months ago
Can You Use WD40 On Fishing Reels?

5 Answers
Alex – ProFisherman Staff answered 6 months ago
There are mixed opinions on whether WD-40 is good for fishing reels, but it is generally accepted that it can be used to clean and lubricate a reel. WD-40 has multiple uses and is a household staple for many people, so it makes sense that some would assume it would be good for fishing reels as well. However, there are some potential risks associated with using WD-40 on fishing reels.
Firstly, WD-40 can evaporate quickly, which means that the lubricating properties may not last long. This could lead to your reel getting dirty or rusty more quickly than if you had used another product specifically designed for fishing reels. Secondly, WD-40 is an oil-based product, which means that it can attract dirt and grime. This could potentially clog up your fishing reel, or make it more difficult to clean.
If you do decide to use WD-40 on your fishing reel, make sure to clean the reel afterward with soap and water. You should also be sure to apply a thin layer of WD-40, as too much could end up doing more harm than good.

Martin Staff answered 6 months ago
It is often said that WD-40 is the cure-all for everything, and that may be true for many things, but does it work for fishing reels? The answer is yes and no. WD-40 can be good for cleaning and lubricating a fishing reel, but it’s not the best option out there.
WD-40 is a multi-purpose solution that was originally designed to clean out water displacement from electrical equipment. It works by quickly displacing water and by doing so, also prevents rusting. This makes it ideal for use on ALMOST any metal surface – which includes fishing reels.
In terms of cleaning a fishing reel, WD-40 does an adequate job. It will quickly remove any dirt, grime, or salt that has built up on the reel. Simply spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off with a clean cloth.
When it comes to lubricating a fishing reel, WD-40 is again an adequate option. It will help to keep the reel moving smoothly and prevent rusting. However, there are better options out there that will do a better job of lubricating and protecting your fishing reel.
So, while WD-40 can be used on fishing reels, it’s not the best option. There are other products out there that will do a better job of cleaning and lubricating your fishing reel.

Wilson answered 6 months ago
Yes, WD-40 is good for fishing reels. It can help clean and lubricate the reel, which can prolong its lifespan. However, it’s important to use WD-40 sparingly on fishing reels, as too much of it can actually be damaging. When applying WD-40 to a fishing reel, be sure to wipe off any excess that doesn’t get absorbed by the reel.


David answered 6 months ago
WD-40 can be used to clean and lubricate a fishing reel. It is important to note, however, that it should not be used as a substitute for fishing reel oil. WD-40 is a lighter-weight lubricant and can evaporate quickly, so it is not ideal for long-term use. Fishing reel oil, on the other hand, is a heavier-weight lubricant that will stay in place longer.

Bernard answered 6 months ago
WD-40 can be used to clean and lubricate a fishing reel. It is especially effective at removing built-up dirt, grease, and oil from the reel. In addition, WD-40 helps to protect the reel against corrosion.