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Forum topic by Debora Cadene posted 09-18-2015 07:52 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Debora Cadene

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09-18-2015 07:52 PM

hey all. I will soon be putting my brand new Grizzly table saw away, and want to make sure I do it correctly. I’ll be storing it in my barn. Its not heated and there are no animals in side. the floors are old cement, which are covered with straw for when the little birds get in through the broken panes of glass or cracks. Although its fairly dry, I think there still might be some moisture and I want to make sure it doesn’t rust. Can I spray a light coating of wd40 or something similiar over the table top and on the saw blade? I’m going to cover it with a blanket, then a tarp to keep it dry, but if I can add something else to it…that’d be awesome. I also have it up on some ply wood..

thanks bunches.

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#1 posted 09-18-2015 08:34 PM

Hello Debbie, give the top of the table a good spray of wd-40, let it sit for about 20 minutes, rub it as dry as you can. Then let it sit for another 5 minutes, get a good paste wax, MinWax will do, put a light coat on it and let it sit for 10 minutes, then hand buff. It should keep the rust, surface rust away for atleast 6 months. Apply wax to the other areas that will be exposed, just lightly. When you get her back in working position, all you’ll need to do is a good buffing. Have fun, make some dust.

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#2 posted 09-18-2015 08:54 PM

You don’t want to cover it with an airtight tarp. You really want something like a mover’s blanket, that’ll let air through. The air will dry any condensation, which would otherwise just sit there and rust the table top.

How long are you putting it away for?

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#3 posted 09-18-2015 10:03 PM

I would put a coat of spar varnish on the top. When you put it back in use, it would be easy to remove, but would be much more protection than paste wax for storage. Or you could paint a coat of grease on the top, then put a sheet of paper on top of the grease.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#4 posted 09-18-2015 10:11 PM

Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers, from the Car Talk show (one now sadly deceased) would whole-heartedly recommend Cosmoline.

For the younger folks on the Forum, you might not know that back in the sixties there were numerous urban legends about World War II surplus jeeps and motorcycles that could be had for a pittance. All of these treasures were purportedly well preserved in a heavy coat of Cosmoline. That was a part of the mystique. For about fifty bucks you could supposedly get a crate with a complete motorcycle in it. You just needed to get (1) a large enough group of potential buyers, and (2) clean all of the preservative off the parts, and (3) assemble said motorcycle yourself. I never saw any of my friends riding around on a motorcycle or in a jeep. A few of them did actually smell like Cosmoline.

I agree that the WD-40 soak will help displace water in pores and get some hydrocarbon goo down in there. Then a good (heavy) coat of paste wax to repel future moisture. Cosmoline is basically just a blend of heavy weight hydrocarbons like paste wax and the heavier components of WD-40.

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#5 posted 09-19-2015 12:43 AM

New tools are still packed with cosmoline. That’s why I asked about how long the saw would be in storage for. If it’s longer than a few months, I’d recommend something heavier than WD40 and paste wax – something like cosmoline.

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#6 posted 09-19-2015 12:48 AM

This stuff is pretty good. The regular WD40 will give about 3 days protection. Maybe…

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#7 posted 09-19-2015 03:01 AM

I haven’t tried the WD40 corrosion inhibitor, but Boeshield T-9 is the best thin film rust inhibitor that I’ve used so far.

Regular WD-40 has it’s uses, but I don’t see it being a long term rust inhibitor.

-- Barry,

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Debora Cadene

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#8 posted 09-19-2015 12:53 PM

Thanks everyone. I’ll make sure to cover it lightly vs sealing it with plastic. It probably won’t be used over the winter, but having said never know. I just want to make sure I don’t end up with a rusty table top. Moisture already got on it earlier, even though it was covered, so on the right side plate there is a bit of rust, that I can’t seem to get off. I also noticed a bit on the blade. Should I get the blade all the way up and give it a good spray before putting it below the table? And will anything below the top need to be coated?

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#9 posted 09-19-2015 01:52 PM

Boeshield. wd-40 will not prevent rust longer term. Cosmoline will
also work, but if you bought Grizzly, you know how hard it is to
get off.

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#10 posted 09-19-2015 02:01 PM

If the space is unheated, you really shouldn’t have to worry too much about rust. So long as it isn’t out in the weather, there won’t be enough humidity in the air to cause a rust problem. Just cover it with a breathable barrier and use Boeshield/paste wax/whatever liberally.

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