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From Rust to Lust, can I bring it back? #7: Polishing Cast Iron beds?

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Blog entry by GlennsGrandson posted 805 days ago 3315 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Tedious Tape-up... and jigs? Bed/Fence protection?? Part 7 of From Rust to Lust, can I bring it back? series Part 8: When Disaster Strikes...We improvise. »

Any good ideas on how to polish my open cast iron bed and fences? I’ve cleaned them up real nice but I really want them to shine before I coat them in wax or whatever route I go.

Do I use fine grit sand paper, wet, dry? buffing wheel?

Any input is appreciated. Thanks much!

-- Grant - S/N Dakota



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sikrap

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#1 posted 805 days ago

You might want to look at the Sandflex blocks. Amazon sells them but there are places (Klingspoor) with better pricing. There are videos out there and these appear to do a great job at restoring cast iron beds.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Gpops

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#2 posted 804 days ago

Give this a try. I have used Bosch Abrasive Mesh Discs for surface conditioning applications on my Bosch 6” random orbit sander/ polisher with Mineral Spirits for a lubricant in well ventilated area. The pads look like 3M Scotch pads on steroids with hook and loop on one side. The cast iron beds polish up like new. I have used the pads on, band saw tables , table saw, scroll saw tables etc. Just keep going over and over wiping off the rust between coats of mineral Spirits.

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