This lubricant with MicPol®️ will help preserve your rods, reels, lures, and even your boat equipment at a relatively low cost.
Like most of you, I started fishing when I was a little kid. Some of the oldest photographs of me (so old they might be better referred to as “daguerrotypes”) are of me holding up some unfortunate bluegill or sunfish that inhabited the shallow waters near my childhood home on the south shore of Lake Erie. I still remember my best day fishing, when I was around 12 years old. I caught half a dozen massive crappie off the docks at the local yacht club… which I had to sneak onto, since we weren’t members.
I kept fishing in a casual way until I was in my teens, at which point I developed other interests, mostly involving electric guitars and members of the female gender. I didn’t pick up fishing again until I was in my thirties. That was when I moved to rural Nova Scotia. I was surprised to find that my lifelong love of fishing had never gone away. It had just lay dormant underneath the surface, like a virus, waiting for its chance to re-appear.
And re-appear it did. Nova Scotia has long been known as a fantastic place for fishing, because it offers an abundance of both saltwater and freshwater action. (Check out a great book called The Tent Dwellers by Albert Bigelow Paine, in which are recounted the excellent adventures of a couple of hardy fellows who spend a month trout hiking and fishing their way across the province in 1908.) Our countless lakes and rivers offer many varieties of trout, bass, pickerel, perch, and even the odd wild salmon, though their numbers are sadly depleted. The seaside, which is rarely more than a hour’s drive away no matter where in the province you live, offers mackerel, lots of groundfish, striped bass, haddock, cod, and even shark, to name a few. You can fish every day of the year in Nova Scotia and catch something. Even in the depths of January, you’ll find a few hardy souls tossing their surf rigs out from a windy beach, hoping for a nice winter flounder.
All that fishing is tough on equipment, of course. Salt water in particular causes rust much faster than fresh water, and for those fishermen who like to preserve their gear as long as possible, I thought I would mention a secret weapon I came across recently called Interflon Fin Super.
This product was not made for fishermen, which is why I call it my secret weapon–almost more of a life hack, if you will. It was actually made for high-temperature, high-pressure industrial environments. But it’s perfect for us anglers, too. Even the most extreme fisherman won’t put his equipment through the punishment that Interflon designed this spray for.
Why does salt water rust things faster than fresh water?
If you’ve ever spent any amount of time near the ocean, you’ll see that metal items exposed to ocean air tend to have a pretty short life span unless they are extremely well protected. The process of rusting, or oxidation, takes place because of electron transfer between iron and the oxygen in water. However, as you may also know, salt water is a better conductor of electricity than fresh water is. (Remember in Shawshank Redemption, when they talk about putting a sponge soaked in salt water on the head of a condemned man just before attaching the electrodes of the electric chair? Well… you get the idea.) Rust involves the transfer of electrons, which is what electricity is composed of. Therefore, rust happens faster in salt water because the electrons are able to transfer to the oxygen faster.
Interflon Fin Super is a dry lubricant spray. This means it comes out as a liquid, but will become completely dry, with no oily residue or stickiness. It comes in an easy-to-use aerosol can. To use it, just make sure the surface to be protected is clean; spray or immerse the item in lubricant; and wipe off the excess or let it drip dry. Upon drying, the spray will form a very tough, yet very smooth layer of lubricant coating, impervious to water.
If you’re interested in the technical details, read on!
The lubricant particles contained in Interflon Fin Super are micronized, meaning they are small enough to penetrate each tiny crack and crevice every surface naturally contains. They are also polarized, meaning they are negatively charged. This causes them to adhere magnetically to the positively-charged particles on the surface of your equipment. This combination of micronization and polarization is referred to as MicPolⓇ technology. This technology, which forms the smoothest material known to man with the lowest possible coefficient of friction, is incredibly tough, highly protective, and very effective at lubrication.
Interflon Fin Super is highly resistant to water spray, even salt water. It does this by locking out moisture. Those tiny particles work their way into everything, and once they’re in there, they ain’t coming out. The solid barrier they form will prevent everything, even water molecules, from getting through. You can even spray it directly on electrical contacts.
Interflon Fin Super is also highly resistant to any kind of soil or dirt accumulation. One of the many problems with lubricating oils is that they collect particles, and this immediately begins to form a nasty gunk that can become a problem in and of itself. Interflon Fin Super forms a smooth surface that dirt cannot cling to.
Finally, Fin Super also fights rust. After all, if moisture can’t get through to the surface, it can’t begin the process of oxidation. This means big savings for you over time.
To use it, you can either:
- Spray it directly on the surface to be lubricated, or
- Immerse the item in a container of the lubricant.
In either case, you should first make sure the item is clean and free of soil or rust. In order for the lubricant to have full effect, it needs to be able to reach every part of the metal surface. Once you have completed either of these steps, just wipe off the excess and let it dry. It will immediately begin protecting your equipment.
How long will the protection last?
The answer to this depends on the amount of usage your equipment gets. However, Interflon Fin Super was formulated for use in difficult, demanding industrial environments. In these places, such as food production facilities, factories, and the like, equipment rarely shuts down, and it receives lots of wear. Interflon Fin Super is therefore highly resistant to very high pressure and high temperatures, so the conditions of normal recreational fishing will pose no challenge. Even commercial fishermen in places like the North Sea use it on their gear. It won’t come off under those cold, pounding waves, which means over time it saves money when compared to wet oils, jellies, and greases.
If you fish every day in tough conditions, you may want to spray your reel once a week. If you have lures you want to keep for a long time, spray them once upon purchase, and then after every three or four outings, especially if fishing in areas with lots of obstructions that might eventually chip away at the protective layer of lubricant.
Your tackle box hinges, clasps, and lifting mechanisms should be lubricated thoroughly after cleaning, and then lubricated again at least once in the middle of the season and once at the end. Be sure to spray all your equipment thoroughly if you’re putting it away for a while… things can collect moisture even when they’re just sitting in a storage container. When you remove it for the next season, you’ll see it looks just as good as it did when you put it away.
Interflon Fin Super is a multi-use product, which will please the thrifty-minded among you. It can actually be used to protect any type of equipment. You can use it on:
- All boat fixtures
- engine parts
- even the hull of your metal craft.
You can also use it on:
- Door rails
- Door and hatch hinges
- Anything that needs lubricating or protecting.
Interflon Fin Super is also a very useful thing to have around the house. It can be used anywhere you would use other lubricating sprays, but it has the advantage of MicPol technology. Plus it tends to last much longer than other products. It is highly durable. You can use it on anything that moves, slides, or opens, such as:
- Stove doors
- Refrigerator parts
- Sliding drawers for silverware or other culinary items
- Cabinet doors
…and anything else you can think of!
How long will a can last me?
One 300-mL can has a shelf life of 4 years from the date of manufacture. For normal household use, you may only need one can every couple of years.
How safe and hygienic is Interflon Fin Super?
For people with normal skin types, Interflon Fin Super poses no danger if it comes into contact with skin.
Fin Super has only a very light odor, and it will not stain clothing.
You can download our safety sheets here.
If you have any questions, the good people at Interflon.com are happy to answer them… you can contact them yourself to ask away!