No we can't seal the whole reel. However it could be better.
As far as water from the spool that's easy to addressed with a quick spool removal and wipe down as is the same for inner left side(using right handed reels), the exterior of the level wind, as well as handles.
Some water gets in through the spool/pinion gear and level wide but these all entry points could be considered a "labyrinth" with no direct straight line of ingress. Bit of proper lubrication and most spray stays out of the inner reel housing.
However we still have the largest drain hole(I renamed it "ingress hole" on my reels) right next to the most inaccessible place on the reel (main gear, drag, main gear bearing).
How about just leaving that hole and that hole only out? I've tried tape, differing goops but these are hard to stick if your reel has bit of CorrosionX or similar on it.
I have a Citica 200E I'll disassemble clean frame with Acetone and try a bit of SteelBed or JB to make a dam at this hole. Hopefully file/trim as though there was no hole before. Use it like normal and report back.
Thanks for the input.
Last edited by Pete A.; 04-19-2012 at 03:55 PM.