Fly line cleaner

Hatty

Active Member
I ran out of my bottled line cleaner. I have Armor All cleaning wipes and protection wipes for the automotive uses. I thought this stuff ought to work protecting and cleaning synthetic line coatings. I will post update if my lines start dissolving.
 

Jamie Dow

Active Member
Don't know or care about other lines, but love the SA textured lines, and they are supposed to last a long time (we'll see about that). I asked SA directly about using Rio X etc for cleaning as I had several bottles of this and the pads.They said to clean using hand soap (Dial) and water. As to dressing, they gave the same answer as below.

Erick Johnson at Scientific Anglers

TNT>What about with Textured Line?

Erick> "Great question! The short answer is that we never want to use any line dressing or conditioner on any textured lines, including the SharkWave. By applying a dressing or conditioner it actually clogs the texturing and attracts dirt and grime which actually renders the line less effective."

At $130 a pop just FYI.
 

Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
Last year I bought a huge box of individually packaged sunglass wipes. Something like $12 on Amazon. They are a great line cleaner!
 

silvercreek

Active Member
http://www.sexyloops.com/manufacturers/rioproducts.shtml

“How best to treat Rio Lines? What do you personally use (silicone spray? Armorall?)

"Never, ever use Armorall on a PVC fly line. It breaks down the bond and results in very poor durability. The line will dry out and harden with constant use of Armorall. We recommend a mild soapy water with a flannel to clean the line, then if you want to re-lubricate it, apply a 100% silicone, though very lightly. All PVC fly lines use silicone as a lubricant, so it is best to use the base ingredient to prolong the line's life."


http://globalflyfisher.com/fishbetter/flylines/

Fly line care………"You might consider wiping it lightly over with one of the many line dressings on the market. Be careful with vinyl treatment products such as Armorall. It will work well on some lines, but most lines need to be treated with a substance based on silicone, and the wrong liquid can course a lot of damage to the line. Read the manufacturer's instructions and consider buying the treatment particularly made for the line. Lines are expensive, and there is no need to ruin them while trying to make them better."


http://novascotiafishing.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1406-flyline/page__st__20


"Armor All:

From Scientific Anglers:

SA would advise against using Armor All. We have found that it will accelerate the aging of the fly lines and the lines may crack prematurely. "

http://www.charlestonfishing.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=88076

"I used to clean lines with Armor All and then had some trouble with a new Scientific Anglers line and sent it back to them. It seemed to develop cracks really easily. I told them I cleaned it and used Armor All and they said that was the problem, the armor all is bad for newer fly lines. This was 5 years ago. They sent me a small bottle of their cleaner and it worked much better on the new lines."
 
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IveofIone

Active Member
Just don't use Armor All on anything. 303 is about as good as it gets, just dampen a soft cloth with it, run it over the line several times to remove any dirt than buff it dry with an old tee shirt. That helps maintain the health of the outer skin of the line but I don't see it acting as a flotant. You will probably still need a good flotant but will be putting it on a clean surface instead of sealing in microscopic dirt with a paste coating.

Caveat: I don't know for sure if any of this is true but it works for me!:D And it is a lot better advice than using Armor All for sure.
 

kmudgn

Active Member
I use those wet nap towels you get at the BBQ restaurants. It works well and does not leave a residue on the line. If I am really ambitious and bored during the winter I dunk the line in a very dilute solution of dish detergent and then coat with mucelin. I got a small container about a hundred years ago and still have plenty.
 

IveofIone

Active Member
Okay kmudgn-going to a BBQ restaurant for fly line dressing is probably the worst advice anyone will receive on this thread!:eek: Delicious maybe but still bad advice.:)
 

scifidelity

Active Member
http://www.sexyloops.com/manufacturers/rioproducts.shtml

“How best to treat Rio Lines? What do you personally use (silicone spray? Armorall?)

"Never, ever use Armorall on a PVC fly line. It breaks down the bond and results in very poor durability. The line will dry out and harden with constant use of Armorall. We recommend a mild soapy water with a flannel to clean the line, then if you want to re-lubricate it, apply a 100% silicone, though very lightly. All PVC fly lines use silicone as a lubricant, so it is best to use the base ingredient to prolong the line's life."


http://globalflyfisher.com/fishbetter/flylines/

Fly line care………"You might consider wiping it lightly over with one of the many line dressings on the market. Be careful with vinyl treatment products such as Armorall. It will work well on some lines, but most lines need to be treated with a substance based on silicone, and the wrong liquid can course a lot of damage to the line. Read the manufacturer's instructions and consider buying the treatment particularly made for the line. Lines are expensive, and there is no need to ruin them while trying to make them better."


http://novascotiafishing.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1406-flyline/page__st__20


"Armor All:

From Scientific Anglers:

SA would advise against using Armor All. We have found that it will accelerate the aging of the fly lines and the lines may crack prematurely. "

http://www.charlestonfishing.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=88076

"I used to clean lines with Armor All and then had some trouble with a new Scientific Anglers line and sent it back to them. It seemed to develop cracks really easily. I told them I cleaned it and used Armor All and they said that was the problem, the armor all is bad for newer fly lines. This was 5 years ago. They sent me a small bottle of their cleaner and it worked much better on the new lines."
----Excellent advise, you could actually expand that statement to never put armorall on anything because it dries out almostt all synthetics. It's a scam that keeps you buying more of their product to apply because the more dried out the item looks, the more armorall you put on.

303 is the way to go.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
I've have a 3wt wfd floating, But it's getting kind of old. It was a peach colored line new and the first 50 feet is faded out.Thinking of replacing it this year. Will check out the shops for a good line. I've had it as long as I have had the rod. About 10 years now. The line thinks it a sink tip.
 

Jamie Dow

Active Member
----Excellent advise, you could actually expand that statement to never put armorall on anything because it dries out almostt all synthetics. It's a scam that keeps you buying more of their product to apply because the more dried out the item looks, the more armorall you put on.

303 is the way to go.
Actually years ago SOTAR raft urged folks not to use ArmorAll as well. Dried out the material and made repairs very difficult.
 

ThinGreenLine

Active Member
While this tin is old, I still use it and clean my line before every fishing event as well as multiple times during the day. The dirt in the surface film of water collecting on a line will most certainly limit float-ability. As you can see by the felt pad, it's well worth the few minutes it takes to strip off a few yards of line and run it through the cleaner.LineCleaner - Copy.jpg
 

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