This may be a bit off topic, but I don't see a better forum for it and it is somewhat chemistry related.

As the years go by, I have more and more trouble using stainless reels. I have gone to using plastic reels. Sometimes the film loads effortlessly, other times there is great resistance. I clean them thoroughly after each use and they are allowed to dry at least a week between use.

I've wondered if a bit of food grade silicone would reduce the friction, but am afraid it might contaminate everything. I know once applied, it is virtually impossible to remove and it does creep (spread).

Has anyone tried this or know what the results would be?