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October 26, 2001

Wax On, Wax Off

John Isley of the Fishin-N-Pole in Orlando, Florida, recommends spraying rods and reels with Pledge furniture wax.

The most common way to clean saltwater residue from rods and reels - hosing down with fresh water and spraying on WD-40 - probably constitutes the worst way. Pressure forces both fresh and salt water into crevices while washing away much-needed lubricants. Since it's a "migrating oil," WD-40 flows over components like water. In contrast, lubricating oils such as CorrosionX adhere to metal parts.
John Isley of the Fishin-N-Pole in Orlando, Florida (407-894-2020), recommends spraying rods and reels with Pledge furniture wax, scrubbing them gently with a toothbrush and wiping with a soft rag. After a few applications the Pledge builds a protective layer much like car wax, shielding tackle from scratches and corrosion. Cracks like those found at the base of a rod's line guides become filled with wax so water can't penetrate. In addition, the polish leaves tackle shiny and smooth with no messy residue while providing years of corrosion-free use.

Jason Cannon, Orlando, Florida