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

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Blog entry by GlennsGrandson posted 04-27-2012 12:41 PM 7478 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 - N Dakota

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 04:00 PM

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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#2 posted 04-28-2012 09:00 PM

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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