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Forum topic by sandhill posted 10-15-2007 04:10 AM 1516 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2007 04:10 AM

Today was a good day in the shop doing some much needed cleaning and tweaking of my wood working tools. The rust that settled on the surfaces has been there for about six weeks and it was time to do some thing about it. After squaring up the table saw and putting on a new blade. I decided to try something different for cleaning the rust off because I do not have any of the cleaners and products that have been recommended by most woodworkers, I decided to try CLR the house hold cleaner that most of us have sitting around and was shocked to see the results. In the photos I used CLR with a scotch bright pad in a circular scrubbing pattern then cleaned that off with mineral spirits and towels then used my orbital sander with some 150 grit and WD-40 then cleaned that with mineral spirits again. I then applied wax as you can see the results were good. I thought I would share this as it has been a subject of discussion and it is not as costly as the commercial products sold.

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#1 posted 10-15-2007 04:16 AM

I never would have thought to try CLR! That’s a pretty innovative approach.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 10-15-2007 04:20 AM

Great job. I just use the ROS and 220 grit and then paste wax.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-15-2007 04:32 AM

ROS? All I had was CLR but what ever works I all ways say.. I also found that on things like my jointer I lay a run of scott shop towels across the bed and it keep the rust off, I am on the water and you know haw Florida is with humidity.

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#4 posted 10-15-2007 04:37 AM

ROS = Random Orbit Sander. I’m the other way; what’s CLR? We seldom have enough moisture to get rust. But I usually use WD-40 and sandpaper.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 10-15-2007 04:52 AM

CLR is what I have used to remove calcium. In the past when I lived in WV and MD we had a well and the water was hard even with a water softener, most hardware stores sell it as well as HD and Lowes I did have to use an ROS but it alone did not remove the rust.

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#6 posted 10-15-2007 01:44 PM

I like the idea of the shop towels laid across the bed
I’ve wondered if the “super soaker” shammy cloths that are sold at the wood shows would be good for this.. or if they would hold the water close to the table and make it worse

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 10-15-2007 02:51 PM

I am sure they would be fine Debbie, Anything to off set the condensation build in the surface. I am using pretty much the same thing except on the large surfaces I use a bath towel that would have otherwise been discarded. cheers

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