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Again, Looking for some suggestions and such here. This is my method, wipe all excess dirt and grime off using an semi oily cloth. Use a toothbrush around the line guides freeing up any packed lake grime etc from the guides. I then will wipe off all extra dirt. Then use "behold" cheap furniture polish lightly spray a clean cloth and polish the rod.

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Geesh I can honestly say I have never cleaned any of my rods before :blush:

I have cleaned guides before and reels are a hole different story

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Geesh I can honestly say I have never cleaned any of my rods before :blush:

I have cleaned guides before and reels are a hole different story

Bout twice a year for me...... spring and fall. I fish ALOOOOOOT they get pretty nasty sometimes!

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Bout twice a year for me...... spring and fall. I fish ALOOOOOOT they get pretty nasty sometimes!

The first time I came down for a float with MJ, Steve and the gang they looked at my rods and told me I had to clean them :rolleyes: one of them still had scales on it from perch fishing :lol:

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The first time I came down for a float with MJ, Steve and the gang they looked at my rods and told me I had to clean them :rolleyes: one of them still had scales on it from perch fishing :lol:

Ahhh, that just adds character Phil! :headbang:

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Ahhh, that just adds character Phil! :headbang:

Phil said his rods had so much characterr that they had a perrsonality iof their own :unsure:

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Phil said his rods had so much characterr that they had a perrsonality iof their own :unsure:

I just came in from the garage and was looking at all my rods :o . My dad is right "how many rods does one need?" :lol: The only ones that are in really good condition as far as being clean are my musky rods, that's because they haven't caught enough fish.

I did however clean two of my walleye sticks, my wife thinks I've lost my mind :rolleyes:<_<

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i can hear the RLG now...Phil have you lost what little bit of mind you had...i sweare one more trip to Tn and i will have you comitted. :headbang: phil say...yes dear :unsure:

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I haven't done it in a few years but I used to take all my reels off the rods and clean them down with a damp cloth. Once that dried I'd put a coat of car wax on them all. Once I got them all coated I'd start with the 1st one and start polishing it off. It actually done a really good job on them and I need to get mine done this year very soon.

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You can also take a wet dish rag, load it up with DAWN dish soap and (I know I'm gonna catch flack for this but) rub the cork down then rinse. You'll have a new looking handle.

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I took all the rods that had cork handles and covered them with tennis racket grip tape. Its a whole lot cheaper than rod wrap and works just as good.

Never cleaned a rod yet.... Guess I btter take a look at them.

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this is not cleaning but wipe down the inside of your guide seats with a cotton ball and see if you have any rough edges or burrs that could damage your line.

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I can honestly say I have never cleaned a rod... and don't plan on it unless it's with a waterhose or a swim in the lake. I take care of my stuff but I just can't see me washing one.

I noticed some spider webs and a spider on 4 of mine laying the boat when I took the charger off about an hour ago. If he makes it to the lake tonight he is going for a swim. I haven't wet a line but once since I got out the hospital... it's been too long.

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Sorry to bump an older thread, but this is great. I hadn't even thought about cleaning my rod or eyes. Any long bad effect for the car wax on them?

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15 hours ago, rascalsweet said:

Sorry to bump an older thread, but this is great. I hadn't even thought about cleaning my rod or eyes. Any long bad effect for the car wax on them?

I wouldn’t think so. But I’ve honestly never cleaned a rod. LOL 

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I don't clean my rods but as one member mentioned using cotton ball to check the guides is a smart move. I don't use a cotton ball but do use a Q-tip and run it around inside all the guides to make sure there is no issues with cracked or nicks in the porcelain!!!!

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