|Review by EBpenguy||posted 02-27-2014 01:44 AM||2375 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
I have become the proud owner of a new Rockwell Bandsaw that used to be owned by my father-in law. He passed a few years back and the family refused to touch his workshop for a number of years. But time has come to take on the task, however, the years have not been kind to all that idle metal. Moisture and a slow water leak all combined to raise big trouble with the bandsaw table, as well as some of the other parts of the saw. I wanted to do everything I could to get it back to the same condition it was in when it was the core of the shop, producing an amazing amount of great work as a memory of my father-in law.
The pictures show what I was facing on the table – lots of bad rust covering the entire surface. The workshop has been untouched for 3 years, so the rust was really pretty heavy and not just surface rust. I have used both electrolyte and chemical agents to attack rust on some Stanley planes I restored, but the size of the table gave me pause. I had read that Evapo-Rust was pretty good, so I went to the local Harbor Freight and bought a bottle.
I covered the table in the solution in my kitchen sink. It was spread using a bristle brush to make sure all was covered. Honestly, it didn’t look like it was doing anything, No odor, no bubbles, nothing. I was a little disappointed. I refreshed the solution every 15 minutes for an hour and still nothing. But the bottle says for bad rust, cover it totally and let soak overnight. So that is what I did.
In the morning, I went down to look and nothing looked too different, but I scrubbed the top with a bronze brush for a few minutes and the solution really turned to an ugly looking mess quickly. After scrubbing for only a few minutes, I rinsed the top with warm water and amazingly the picture you see is what was staring back at me! 98% of the rust was gone! the top was shiny! and the slight remaining deep rust lines were black and looked converted and neutralized.
I think with a little more scuff sanding of the top, it will be perfect. A good coat of wax hopefully will prevent this from happening again. I am really pretty amazed.
This stuff is great! Now off to work on restoring the rest of the bandsaw…....
-- Kevin - making shavings when ever I can!