Zebco Reel Maintenance Directions

Zebco Reel Maintenance Directions
Zebco reels can be used for freshwater and saltwater applications. Clean your Zebco reel before fishing season for optimum performance, as well as after every saltwater use. Be especially diligent when you observe dirt and sand deposits, which can compromise the efficacy of the reel and its spool housing.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Dish detergent
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • 2 microfiber cloths
  • Cleaning brush
  • Old rag
  • Reel oil
Step 1
Mix a drop of mild dish detergent with several cups of water in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2
Wet a microfiber cloth with the detergent and water mixture until it is wet but not sopping.
Step 3
Wipe down the Zebco reel. Target dirt, sand and debris around the spool cover, handle and spool release knob.
Step 4
Scrub the Zebco reel with a soft bristle cleaning brush to remove tougher deposits, such as algae. Use a back-and-forth action to loosen each deposit.
Step 5
Wipe the Zebco reel with a clean, dry microfiber cloth, which will remove residue formed during the cleaning process.
Step 6
Unseat the spool cover by turning it counterclockwise and pulling it straight out. Clean inside the spool housing including the housing cover using a microfiber cloth. Dry the spool housing with a microfiber cloth before covering.
Step 7
Add two to three drops of reel oil to an old rag or cloth and grease the reel handle. Wipe the rest of the reel with grease left on the rag.

Tips & Warnings

Zebco manufactures reel oil.
Microfiber cloths trap dirt and debris for easier cleaning.
Wipe down your reel after saltwater fishing.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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