To clean up the table, I set up an electrolysis tank. Probably overkill but I wanted to see what the hype was all about first hand. There are a few threads here about this as well. The set up is not hard, many alternative ways to do it and I think they will work equally well as long as you are not rushing through it. The critical thing is to make sure you hook up the anode and cathode correctly and not ruin your part :). I did have it hooked up incorrectly for about 5 minutes, so make sure you double check lin a while to see that it is working the way its supposed to…
Electrolysis, though very effective, did require minor sanding for a completely clean surface. The black “dust” that is formed on the band saw table did not come off easily with scotchbrite pads. So I resorted to light sanding with 400 grit wet sand paper with WD-40. Here are some pictures:
Table top before electrolysis:
The bottom before electrolysis:
The top after electrolysis and sanding. The stains on teh right hand side look worse in the pictures than they actually are. I am told that evaorust will clean that off. Have not tried yet. Luckily I did not uncover any significant pitting.
The bottom after electrolysis and sitting around for a couple of hours (note the flash rust). Most of the paint came off and probably all would if I left it in there for another day, but I am not too concerned as the paint I am using adheres to light rust and I plan to sand it off before I apply paint.
It looks better than it did before I started which makes me a happy “camper”.
One thing I am not sure that I mentioned is, after applying a paint stripper (I used a biodegradable one..highly recommended), pressure washing is real effective in cleaning off the parts and much less messy. This was also the case in removing the flaking paint after electrolysis. Pressure washing was followed up with a good drying with rags and a good rub down with mineral spirits before painting.
Thanks for looking