Here is a little guide we put together on a simple approach to reel maintenance using Shield, with a few tips and tricks along the way. This is by no means comprehensive and there is plenty of great information online if you need some more detailed coverage.

Step 1: Disassemble the reel and give everything a good clean including all the gears, shafts, case and bearings. This is a good time to check for any signs of wear or corrosion.
Step 2:  Take the container of Shield and ensure the product is fully mixed as some of the contents can settle or separate over time. Oil “bleed” is completely normal and the oil can simply be mixed back in prior to application.
Step 3:  Take a small stiff-bristled brush and apply an even coat of AQUA-X Shield to all components.
TIP:  We find that generic stiff-bristled paint brushes from any Art and Craft shop work really well for applying Shield. They are cheap and just a few dollars will normally get you a packet that contains a good array of sizes. Once Shield has been applied, it is not worth trying to fully clean the brushes off as the product is designed to stick and resist any wash-off, so just carefully store them until next time ensuring they are kept clean.
Step 4:  Pay special attention to any moving or sliding parts such as gears and the oscillating assembly. Even if lubrication is not required, a thin layer of Shield on components (like the case and the back of the main gear) can provide a layer of protection from corrosion in the event that water does find its way inside.

Shield is not suggested for use inside ball bearings as the high viscosity may cause additional resistance.

STEP 5:  Shield also works great on bail arm assemblies, bushes and springs.

STEP 6: Ensure everything has a nice even coating of Shield and carefully reassemble the reel. Take a soft cloth and give the outside of the reel a good wipe to remove any excess Shield that may be deposited on the external surfaces.

STEP 7:  Once the reel is reassembled, ensure everything turns smoothly. It may be noticed that the reel initially has a little more resistance than previous, this is normal behavior and is due to the fresh application of grease. After the reel is used for a short time this resistance will reduce as the grease gets dispersed and the contacting surfaces (such as the teeth of the gears and oscillating assemblies) are allowed to operate freely whilst maintaining lubrication and protection.