Re: ArmorAll for line cleaner?????
With the cost of fly lines being what they are, is a home brew remedy really worth the risk?
I have tried all sorts of line cleaners and dressings. My lines rarely get much rest. When not being used for fishing they are used for teaching and a whole lot of casting practice. The teaching and practice rarely takes place on water... more likely on grass and even in parking lots.
In the over 15 years since I started really caring about them, I can say I've never had a line crack or even slow down to where it would not feed back when hauling.
Besides cleaning with Ivory bar soap (NOT dish detergent!) and water, for real skanky lines I might take the SA/3M micro-abrasive cleaning pad to the lines that have the same type of material in them all the way to the core. I wouldn't use the pads on lines that say they have a hard, slick finish as those lines sometimes have a very thin coating that made them slick. With lines like the better SA and Rio lines, the slickness is throughout the coating. The abrasive pads just bring a fresh new finish to the top. For those who wonder (as I did) if the abrasive pads will eventually sand the coating down to nothing, I took a 0.00005" digital micrometer to a line after swiping it 50 times with several of the SA grey pads. It read no dimensional difference whatsoever.
On really abused lines it appears to me that the best treatments are those that take a little time and work to apply properly to bring about a slick, durable and fast finish. The two I use most are Glide and Rio Agent X. To last they have to set a while and then be buffed in but to me the effort is worth it.
For quick fixes I always just swipe them a few times with the SA pad. That leaves a dry slick that won't attract dirt. If I worry the lines won't take kindly to that (that have a slick surface finish only) I use SA line dressing. I have just started trying Special Delivery spray-on dressing. So far, so good and the quickest and easiest by far.
Zip Cast gets a lot of play on the internet but my experience has been that it just does not seem to last long on the line. Sure I see signs of dirt when applying it with a cloth but then plain water would also show that. On the Zip Cst I am less than impressed.
The absolute slickest stuff I've tried is some sort of secret sauce sent to me by a friend in Europe. It is so slick it is hard to hold on to the line enough to make a haul! He holds the recipe close to his heart and won't even give me clue as to what is in it.
Sorry for being so wordy but I've spent quite a lot of time and effort to find what works best for me in keeping clean, fast lines
Last edited by Jackster; 05-28-2011 at 10:59 AM.