"New" Table Saw #2: Begin Rust Removal

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Blog entry by Jon Parker posted 10-29-2008 05:43 AM 4588 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting Started Part 2 of "New" Table Saw series Part 3: Top Ready »

Well, I spent last evening trying to remove the rust from my table saw. It’s much harder than I expected. I tried WD-40, BD Wells Rust Remover, Engine Gunk Remover, and some all-natural super-cleaner my wife had. The thing that worked best was some very fine metal sandpaper. I was careful not to sand too much and ruin the top of the table. I’m still prob. only 1/2 way there, but I’m making progress.


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-- Jon | Rigby, Idaho

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#1 posted 10-29-2008 06:10 AM

Looks like fun.
I usually just take my sander to the top (evenly) and then wax up the metal after it is nice and shiny.

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 06:16 AM

Looks like an old Craftsman… try a wirebrush and CLR. Let the CLR sit a while, use a wirebrush to work it in. Wear rubber gloves.

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#3 posted 10-30-2008 04:23 AM

I always use wet/dry sand paper on an old sander that I do not intend to use on wood anymore. I start with emry cloth and work my way down to 400 grit and spray WD-40 on the area I am working. It has worked every time. You are making progress: keep it up.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 10-30-2008 05:45 PM

if it’s not too pitted try Naval Jelly used it will success quite a few times now.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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