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Does WD40 damage fishing line ?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Would appreciate your views on possible damage to fishing line from oil (like WD40 or 3 in 1 machine oil) commonly used to clean fishing reels.
post #2 of 27
I think light and chemicals will hurt fishing line, I don't think oil will hurt it.
post #3 of 27
Hi there. I think the high solvent content in WD40 isn't too healthy for fishing lines. Come of the engineering companies here have already banned WD40 because it actually dries up grease/oil and encourages corrosion. It's great for loosening up rusty parts and cleaning away old grease/lubricants though.
post #4 of 27
WD40 will not hurt your fishing line in any way shape or form. I use it all the time. It keeps the line soft and help prevent wind knots.


I use Stren Clear Blue 14# test and alwaye spray it down with WD40.


Eeeeels.............
post #5 of 27
It's a petroleum based product. Yes, it could hurt your line.
post #6 of 27
Let me add this, if you spray WD-40 on a greasy surface, it will remove grease. Why would you spray a product on a reel that will remove grease? It is a petroleum distillate, meaning distilled from petroleum. I do not use it, and advise against using it.
post #7 of 27
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Originally posted by Reelfixer:
Why would you spray a product on a reel that will remove grease? It is a petroleum distillate, meaning distilled from petroleum. I do not use it, and advise against using it.
Reelfixer, after every outing fishing in saltwater (almost 3 times a week, 8 months of the year during the fishing season) I lightly spray the reel with freshwater, dry it thoroughly, then, spray some WD40 all over the reel to prevent any possibility of rusting. Thus the WD40 is used only on the outside of the reel in order to prevent any possibility of rust.
post #8 of 27
I was always a big advocate of using it not only for rustproofing and lubrication but as a fish attractant. Rumor had it that WD40 had bunker earl in it, thus we used to spray reels, lines, plugs and anything that got in the way. Confidence is 90% of the battle, it had us convinced.

Truth be known, there is no bunker oil as an ingredient, it doesn't attract fish and it is petroleum based product which cannot do any good for materials like fishing line so in the end, unless you need it for lubrication, its of little use. I was also a big believer in spraying down after a water and soap bath, it just makes dirt stick to it and actually increases corrosion through its properties and the foreign matter it attracts. A good warm water and liquid soap bath is best for equipment, drying is an option for the obsessive/compulsive.
post #9 of 27
What Highlander1 said....
post #10 of 27
Quote:
Originally posted by Mangrove Jack:
Originally posted by Reelfixer:
Why would you spray a product on a reel that will remove grease? It is a petroleum distillate, meaning distilled from petroleum. I do not use it, and advise against using it.
Reelfixer, after every outing fishing in saltwater (almost 3 times a week, 8 months of the year during the fishing season) I lightly spray the reel with freshwater, dry it thoroughly, then, spray some WD40 all over the reel to prevent any possibility of rusting. Thus the WD40 is used only on the outside of the reel in order to prevent any possibility of rust. [/quote]It's the freswater baths and drying that really keep your reels nice and happy.
the WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacement. You can use it for that, like under your distributor cap on a wet nasty day. However, ot's not the best thing for moving parts. Reel-X and Corrosion-X are far better products for the metal parts.
post #11 of 27
WD40 can be better than a fresh water rinse in most cases, it will flush salt water from places you would only push it deeper into with a fresh water blast. Most saltwater reels are built out of corrosion proof materials, no need to lubricate the exterior after WD40 application. I dunk all my spinners regularly, and always spray liberally with WD40 afterwards, full spools of mono included,no time for a bath, never a problem...
post #12 of 27
This is a funny thread.

I've been saying this for years and no one wanted to listen to a stupid kid.

It can trap water in and promote rusting. Not good.

Also, like others have said, it's a petroleum product that is corrosive to rubber and plastics such as nylon which fishing line is made of.
post #13 of 27
I spray mine before casting and after I am done fishing. The line seems to be okay, but then again I use mono.
post #14 of 27
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it's a petroleum product that is corrosive to rubber and plastics such as nylon
Nylon (read monofilament) is impervious to petroleum products. What do you think they make gas cans out of?
post #15 of 27
Any actuall data from the line company's or is this all speculation. How about braided line is there any data from the manufacturers
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