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NotaJock

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07-02-2015 04:25 PM

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I keep seeing nice shiny table saw and jointer tops on this site. Mine stay dark brown except when I get out the steel wool and shine them up. Waxing will only preserve that shine for a short time then they are back to brown again. Is there something you put on them so they stay shiny or is it just an application of lots of elbow grease?
Thanks

-- Mike in SoCal


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#1 posted 07-02-2015 04:43 PM

One thing to do to keep them from getting rusty is to sweep off any dust sitting on them. Dust will hold moisture and make them rust.

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 04:45 PM

Boeshield with a coat of paste wax on top.

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 04:48 PM

Paste wax, boshield, also some GlideCote from Highland Woodworking. I use paste wax and then glidecote and it is awesome. Never get any rust unless my kids or wife put something wet on the saw. I do cover my jointer and saw with painters tarps (the brown cloth kind) just to keep dust and accidental stuff off them.

Also, move to a dryer climate. I really never have any issues with rust. 4/5 years into this hobby, everything looks new.

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 04:59 PM

Paste wax.

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 05:10 PM

Unless you are using the machine as a piece of furniture in your living room, I wouldn’t worry about the patina too much. It’s what cast iron does. Clean it up, slap some wax on it, keep it covered when not in use and forget about it. The wood doesn’t care if it’s shiny or not.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 05:13 PM

just wax. I’m going to assume that maybe you live in a hot humid area, and that’s all you’ll be able to do is keep maintaining it.. nothing wrong with brown, but rust… well that doesn’t slide well.

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#7 posted 07-02-2015 06:05 PM

600 wet or dry sandpaper (not wet) then WD – 40

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#8 posted 07-02-2015 10:26 PM

Don’t waste your time worrying about it.

The best rust remover for cast iron?

Wood passing over the top—

frequently!!

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#9 posted 07-02-2015 10:46 PM

What exactly is T-9 Boeshield? Can a similar item be purchased at a hardware store, or Home Depot or something?

Also, is the boeshield used to clean/protect, and the wax to help reduce friction?

Im just about to clean off some factory sludge and am curious myself about a good product(s) to keep around the shop for occasional maintenance.

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#10 posted 07-02-2015 10:50 PM

What exactly is T-9 Boeshield? Can a similar item be purchased at a hardware store, or Home Depot or something?

It’s basically paraffin wax dissolved in mineral spirits with a little mineral oil mixed in. You can make a gallon of it for about the same price as a 12oz bottle of T-9. Mineral oil is optional :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#11 posted 07-02-2015 10:52 PM

When I bought my saw for the first 6 months I used only paste wax. I’d recoat every two weeks. Then I picked up some boeshield from rockler, removed everything with mineral spirits, laid down a coat of boeshield, waited a day, laid down a coat of paste wax and forgot about it for 6 months.

Boeshield is available off of Amazon if you don’t have a retailer near you.

As with most stuff that actually works you can’t buy it at the generic big box retailers.

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#12 posted 07-02-2015 11:14 PM

Thanks for the info. Sounds like some good stuff.

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#13 posted 07-02-2015 11:14 PM

Thanks for the responses gents.
Mike

-- Mike in SoCal

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#14 posted 07-02-2015 11:24 PM

My brown toped saw cuts as good as your shinny top saw.

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