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Forum topic by MikeInPenetanguishene posted 01-12-2010 01:55 PM 1397 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2010 01:55 PM

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I have a fairly new table saw that had to sit in a shed outdoors last winter that has some very minor rust on the table. What is the best way to remove this?

In addition, a good friend (even better now!) gave me a Craftex 6” Jointer that he had applied some oil to for storage. There’s a small bit of rust on it as well much like the TS. What’s the best way to clean this up?

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 11:42 PM

Ever heard of the Boeshield products? They’re available several places and you can get a kit that includes a rust remover and the T9 protectant. I just used this on a used jointer I picked up and it works amazingly well. Cleaned the surface rust right up (I had to use some 0000 steel wool on one part…) and then the T9 protectant has kept it rust free sitting in a garage for 3 months now in various humidities, etc. I think the kits run $30 or so.

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 12:35 AM

I agree T9 will work well. They make a rust remover and protectant. Another method of protection is a good silicon free car wax. It not only protects the table, but it makes it very slick and the wood slides very nicely on it. T9 is available on line at Woodcraft.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 12:49 AM

I’ve used Naval Jelly. I’ve also run a Random Orbital Sander on the top. (Some people may question that but it didn’t seem to hurt anything for me.)

-- Brian

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 02:43 AM

I can see it being VERY easy to create dips in the top with a sander… I’d advise against that. It might not cut down metal as fast as it does wood but it only takes a second to take your flat table top and make it not flat anymore. (I use an orbital sander to rough up my metal drum shells so I’m mildly familiar with how well it removes material…)

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 05:18 AM

Looks like I can get Boeshield in Toronto at Lee Valley. Thanks guys.

Should I get something else to remove the oil that’s already on the jointer? There’s really not a lot of rust on it, but I need to remove the oily ‘gunk’ first. It sounds like I would use the T9 stuff after it’s been cleaned up to maintain it.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 05:24 AM

ive uused my ROS with 600 grit sandpaper on all my cast iron before, never created a dip in it, the cast iron is a tad be harder than the aluminum typically used for the drums in sanders. I like the boeshield products before and they work great, but i typically just use Johson’s Paste wax on everything.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 05:26 AM

ROS and wax after you have it shiny.

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#8 posted 01-14-2010 11:31 AM

Use WD-40 lightly, then place a fine scotchbrite pad under your Random Orbit. It will remove the rust and clean and freshen the entire top nicely without much danger of removing too much material. Then simply wipe down with a solvent like laquer thinner to remove the oil residue. Finally, take some furniture paste wax and apply a coat of that to the metal. It will protect the metal and prevent rust as well as making the top more slick. I used this method when I found an old table saw that had been stored outside under a tarp about 5 years ago. My shop is not temperature regulated and therefore is fully exposed to the temperature and humidity changes here in Alabama. I have never had a rust problem. I simply apply a new coat of wax every now and then. I usually determine this by how easy the wood slides across the table top.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 02:22 PM

Looks like I’m going to have to go out and get an ROS.

Thanks everyone.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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