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Forum topic by Betsy posted 12-21-2007 04:15 PM 1280 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2007 04:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamps wax clean up

Going to take some time this weekend to clean up my clamps of old glue and muck. I’ve seen on another thread that the recommendation is to wax the clamps after cleaning them up. My questions:

What type of wax? I’ve got bees wax and rennissance wax.

Will either wax interfere with a finish on the project? (I’m assuming most projects will be smoothed with a plane or sanding to take off any wax – but thought I’d ask anyway.)

Will wax work as well on the galvanized pipe clamps as on the ratched clamps?

How often would you wax your clamps to keep them clean?

thanks all.

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#1 posted 12-21-2007 04:41 PM

I’d use the Renaissance wax on the ratchet type. I will be reapplying it just before use each time. I am considering continuing with the clear packing tape on my Pony pipe clamps, just for the sake of cheapness. The tape seems to stay good for a long time and doesn’t get torn up much with the repositioning of the clamp end.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 12-21-2007 06:01 PM

Wouldn’t regular paste wax work?

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#3 posted 12-21-2007 06:13 PM

I’m sure it would.

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#4 posted 12-21-2007 06:45 PM


I’ve just used regular Johnson’s Paste Wax. Works fine.

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#5 posted 12-21-2007 06:54 PM

I’ve got an old can of Butchers Paste wax that I use on all my cast iron tools and I keep the rag in the can so it’s just a quick wipe on the clamps.

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#6 posted 12-21-2007 09:42 PM

Trick my wife taught me for waxing my metal pipe clamps and such. She was a store manager in a ladies’ clothing store and she used waxed paper to polish/wax the bars on the clothing racks.
Works well on my metal tools, tool rests etc too. Just wad up some waxed paper and rub on the metal. In no time I got the results I wanted. All in one supply/applicator/polisher and no residue to have to worry with.

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#7 posted 12-22-2007 04:55 AM

Is Minwax paste wax and Johnson’s paste wax the same thing?

Do they contain silcones that cause fisheye in your finish?

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#8 posted 12-22-2007 05:42 AM

I know in the Woodwhisperer podcast#28 entitled “after the dust…” or something like that, Marc goes over his shop maintenance routine including blade cleaning, clamp cleaning and protection with wax. Marc recommends keeping away from waxes containing silicone. Give this podcast a listen.


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