Rust on Table saw and Jointer


Old 03-10-03, 08:13 PM
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Rust on Table saw and Jointer

Shame, shame on me.....

With the colder winter this year a couple of my tools became neglected in the unheated garage. I have some surface rust on my table saw and jointer. I did put some wax on the surfaces last fall..................BUT.
I have used a Scotch brite pad on my ROS in the past.
Has anyone used 320 grit paper or is that too coarse for the tool tops?? Just wondering.

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Old 03-10-03, 09:52 PM
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Welcome to the club.
Rusty must be both our middle names!

You and I must be doing the same things beacause I have just removed the rust from my table saw, jointer and band saw.

I used 180 grit in an air sander and finished with 280 wet/dry and used windshield anti-freeze as the lubricant.
It's pretty good looking but I'm going to try a fine wire wheel to buff it up.
I'd suggest you use the sandpaper first.

It's hard to get a shine because of the natural porosity of aged cast iron.
If you discover how to make the surface shine let me know.
Old 03-20-03, 10:13 AM
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I like to use a silicone product on my table saw table and fence. I discovered this quite by accident. I set a bottle of tire dressing on my table saw one time and it left a ring. When I wiped it off, I liked the way it looked, so I rubbed down the whole thing with it. I love the way it makes the fence slide more easily and it doesn't seem to attract dust and dirt the way WD40 does. Also, it doesn't transfer to the wood.
Old 03-23-03, 02:29 PM
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I too have a problem with rust on the cast iron of my table saw. I cleaned it with a wire cup brush in a drill & then went over it with a piece of paraffin (old candle). I then spread the paraffin around with the cup brush. It left it looking good, the miter runs real well in it's slot & it seems to have held up all winter.
Old 03-23-03, 05:24 PM
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I clean mine with a scotchbrite pad and johnson's floor paste wax and it works fine in an unheated garage.
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And I use a Scotchbrite pad or steel wool, and apply spray silicon.
Old 03-24-03, 05:34 AM
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I certainly agree with the Scotchbrite pads, it does a good job of poliishing.

However, I avoid any silicone entirely, it can transfer to wood. Any any trace of silicone can be the downfall of a good finish application.
I'll stick to Mother's Carnauba wax.


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