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Advice Daiwa 7 HT series.

Picked a pair of blues yesterday , had a look at the ST's as well ,see how I get on with the blues but the finish on them doesn't appear particularly robust for such an expensive reel . How does the finish stand up to regular use on them and is the ST finish any better ?
 
Picked a pair of blues yesterday , had a look at the ST's as well ,see how I get on with the blues but the finish on them doesn't appear particularly robust for such an expensive reel . How does the finish stand up to regular use on them and is the ST finish any better ?
The Blue Mags do tend to flake paint wise, ST's are much better finished, that is one of the reasons for the premium price.

But it's also down to how well you look after your gear as well. (y)

Ian.
 
Picked a pair of blues yesterday , had a look at the ST's as well ,see how I get on with the blues but the finish on them doesn't appear particularly robust for such an expensive reel . How does the finish stand up to regular use on them and is the ST finish any better ?
And don't forget the pinion supports. ;)

Ian.
 
Picked a pair of blues yesterday , had a look at the ST's as well ,see how I get on with the blues but the finish on them doesn't appear particularly robust for such an expensive reel . How does the finish stand up to regular use on them and is the ST finish any better ?
End plates have the same finish, just in a different colour but the cage is better on the ST. The blue one has a powder coated cage which can flake if you let the salt get in ... the weak points are the foot if you use coasters and the open ends of the side plate screw holes. If you flush it under the tap after every session (and dry it properly before packing away) and don't chuck it on the beach they are fine ... in any case the cages aren't as expensive to replace as people think.

One tip (besides the pinion support) is to take the screws out one at a time, grease the threads and then refit them. The black finish on the screws welds them into the cage with a bit of salt and 5 minute with a pot of grease when you first get them may well save you a ton of aggravation at a later date.
 
End plates have the same finish, just in a different colour but the cage is better on the ST. The blue one has a powder coated cage which can flake if you let the salt get in ... the weak points are the foot if you use coasters and the open ends of the side plate screw holes. If you flush it under the tap after every session (and dry it properly before packing away) and don't chuck it on the beach they are fine ... in any case the cages aren't as expensive to replace as people think.

One tip (besides the pinion support) is to take the screws out one at a time, grease the threads and then refit them. The black finish on the screws welds them into the cage with a bit of salt and 5 minute with a pot of grease when you first get them may well save you a ton of aggravation at a later date.
Will grease the the screws as I do this on all my reels, being a tackle tart I do clean my gear after every use and even apply a coat of ceramic polish to my rods when new , maybe I should give the reels a coat as well.
 
even apply a coat of ceramic polish to my rods when new , maybe I should give the reels a coat as well.
Don't! All you need to do is flush, dry properly and maintain them properly ... at best anything else is a waste of money, at worst they trap moisture and salt into the crevices and between pressed components. The same for rods really ... modern finishes shouldn't need any coating to repel salt and water.
 
All I do is rinse the reels under the tap, take side plates of and leave to dry. Grease and oil if needed. Rods, wiped down with a micro-fibre cloth. Job done. (y)

Ian.
 
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