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Forum topic by Brad_Nailor posted 06-23-2010 01:11 AM 1835 views 1 time favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2010 01:11 AM

My modest little shop is located in my basement/garage. Last nite I had the garage door open and I forgot to close it, discovering my mistake when I left for work at 6:45AM this morning. My Unisaw table is now covered in a light rust..I was able to wipe almost all of it off with a rag but you can still see there’s more there. So what I want to know is..what does everyone…
A: use to get rid of the rust and
B: what does everyone use to prevent the rust. I have been exploring using wax, and Boeshield and someone also suggested shoe polish….so I want to hear some of your opinions on what you guys think works the best.


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#1 posted 06-23-2010 01:15 AM

navel jelly and paste wax

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 01:24 AM

paste wax applied with 4 ought steel wool in my book.

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 01:30 AM

I’m a fan of vaseline for rust prevention.

very light coat to the point that you put some on and wipe almost all of it off.

It doesn’t smell bad, doesn’t stain your tools or clothes, and has a mild paraffin base that has long term protection.

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 01:30 AM

I have a basement shop with lots of humidity. I have been using the boeing T9 followed by paste wax and have not seen a bit of rust.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 01:57 AM

I do what DaN mentioned….I use navel jelly, clean the surface, then use a non silicon car wax.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 03:33 AM

Okay, I got a trick for you all. Learned this from an old buddy of mine, looks like he might have wrestled grizzlies in the past, but he’s been a tinkerer for a long time. Told me to try using used engine oil and gasoline mixed together. About a 50/50 mix is strong. Steel wool off the rust or a 220 paper will do on a block sander. Blow off or wipe off dust. He uses a spray bottle with this in it to soak the rusted area till it’s well coated and let sit about 5 seconds and wipe off. Then use paste wax. It really works to inhibit rust, something about the engine oil carbon and what heat has done to it, that makes it work, I use it now with great results. Hope this helps.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 03:39 AM

I use the Top Saver System for getting any rust off of any cast iron table, works well. If you decide to try it just get the spray bottle of the stuff and not the kit, you can use your own scrubbing pad and rags. Might look expensive but it lasts a really long time, you don’t use a lot when you have to use it. Then I protect it with Top-Cote. Been doing this with both for the 15 years I’ve have my UniSaw and both work extremely well so I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel.

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#8 posted 06-23-2010 03:42 AM

Johnsons Paste Floor Wax. No silicone.

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 04:15 AM

I’ve been using Slipit Sliding compound for years. Works well. One can lasts a looong time.

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#10 posted 06-23-2010 04:26 AM

Marc over at the The Wood Whisper did a pretty good video on this topic and I tried the T9 Boeshield kit and the Renaissance Wax he recommended and it worked pretty good. I also use fine steel wool and and Johnsons Paste floor wax.

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#11 posted 06-23-2010 05:49 AM

Wax or Top-Cote works in my shop.

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#12 posted 06-23-2010 01:15 PM

Johnson’s works well, and leaves a nice smooth surface.

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#13 posted 06-23-2010 01:31 PM

Spray on Top Coat one a month for the first 2 or 3 months, then as needed (for slipperiness) and it’ll never rust.

-- Gerry,

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#14 posted 06-23-2010 01:35 PM

WD-40 and steel wool. No silicones in wd-40 and won’t interfere with a finish the way waxes will.

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#15 posted 06-23-2010 01:43 PM

Miles125 stole the words right out of my mouth. :)

deff WD-40!!! Does wonders. :)

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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