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Forum topic by MickeyGee posted 06-24-2010 04:50 PM 1215 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2010 04:50 PM

Hi jocks!

First post here….exciting. :)

Looking for some help with a problem that’s probably been covered a couple hundred times before.

I’ve picked up an older bandsaw to add to the workshop. (Delta 28-560) It’s in great shape except for some rusting and discoloration on the cast iron table.

I’ve checked around and heard a few different approaches to get the table looking brand new again – the first involves a load of WD-40, a scouring pad and either elbow grease or a random orbit sander. I checked with the machinist here at work and he suggested varsol (?) and different grits of polishing stones.

So before I tacked the table I thought I’d check with you guys. If anyone had any advice, what’s worked for you or even links to previous posts that’d be awesome.

Thanks in advance!

-- -- Mike

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 04:53 PM

If it is not pitted, I’d go with WD-40 and something like 600 grit sandpaper. When you get it cleaned up, give it a couple of coats of paste wax and you should be good to go.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 05:10 PM

+1 to TheDane’s comment, although I’d go with a green scotchbrite to start with if you have lots of rust to clean off. it can also be naturally tacked to a hoop-n-loop type sander to get things faster if it’s THAT bad. when you’re done – protect it with paste wax or boeshield T9.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 05:49 PM

I’d also consider Barkeeper’s Friend. It’s a powdered oxalic acid cleanser, found next to the other cleansers in your supermarket or hardware store, and does amazing things at getting rid of rust.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 06:17 PM

I live near salt water and we have rust problems with anything that will rust. My table saw has to be done every couple of years, and I do it with a piece of emery cloth in my palm sander. You will never change the flatness of the surface, or create waves just getting rust off. I then use steel wool and varsol followed by a good Auto paste wax. Lasts long enough so as not to be a big job frequently, and the wood slides through nicely. Do not use anything silicone based, it might react with a finish you may want to use later.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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John Ormsby

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 06:42 PM

Evapo-rust will get rid of the rust. Then give it a good sanding with fine sandpaper followed by Talc. Then coat it with wax. You soak some rags with Evapo-rust and lay them on the table top. Cover and seal the top with plastic. Let it sit overnight. Wipe off with damp paper towels and dry it with towels and then air blow dry with a hair dryer. Then, follow Jacks instructions: Sand the top with various grits of sandpaper to get the surface looking new. Sand in one direction only and use a flat board or pad. Clean off all of the sand grit residue. Rub Talc on the top and wipe clean. Finish off with a good silicone free paste wax.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 06:44 PM

If the rust is bad (like scales or scabs) soak it with wd40, let is sit for 10-20 minutes, then go after it with a razorblade scraper. Start at one side and scrape toward the other. Keep pushing the crud along. The more you do that way, the less sanding you will need and the less sandpaper you will go through.

-- Galootish log blog,

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