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Forum topic by Chris_T posted 01-18-2011 05:36 PM 1780 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2011 05:36 PM

My basically brand new Ridgid jointer has developed rust on the in and out feed tables. I had tried to prevent this but the method failed. My question is how do I get the rust off and how do I prevent it from happening again? I use a forced air heater to heat my shop. The rust is not pitted as I stopped it in time.

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 05:43 PM

Wax it..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 05:45 PM

Boeshield T-9

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 05:56 PM

If all you have is a little flash rust, scrub it off with a greenie lubricated with some WD-40 or PB Blaster.

Paste was works. T-9 does the job in Louisiana and I can’t believe it gets more humid anywhere else.

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 05:57 PM

My method has been to sand the rust off with WD-40 and a bit of sandpaper, clean the surface completely clean, and wax the heck out of it… Periodically reapply the wax, things like sweat, and wood going across the surface tend to take the wax coating off, and it must be reapplied to maintain protection.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 06:19 PM

I have my ridgid table saw now for more than 7 years.
No rust.
All I do is cover it with two old bath towels when not in use..
Never had a problem.

-- Armando Senson, Virginia Beach, VA

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 06:19 PM

G-96 Gun spray by Outers. (cheaper than boeshield) use it on all my table tops (and guns) and they all are rust free.(no silicone)

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 06:36 PM

I’ve had huge rust problems in my shop when the weather goes from cold to warm / humid. The cold cast iron condensates then rusts. I use both paste wax and T-9 boeshield. I think the T-9 has a longer effective time but the wax is cheap and quick as well. My best protection is simply keep the humid air off the tools until they warm up too. I lay rigid foam panels on the horizontal surfaces. They are cheap, light weight and easy to use. I even use sections of 1/4in foam board cut out of fan fold used under vinyl siding. Works great. I’m not bashing ajsons bath towels but I would be concerned about them holding some moisture. Sounds like they work for him.
Hope this helps, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 06:57 PM

I wax my table saw but still get rust on an occasional screw around the shop. I put in a dehumidifier which seems to help quite a bit, but my shop is quite small. Just a consideration, I suppose.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 09:05 PM

no wax.
no spray.
no scrubbing.
no elbow grease.
no worry about the weather.
nothing else to buy.

just bath towels..they work.

some more info that might help.

-- Armando Senson, Virginia Beach, VA

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 11:02 PM

Check this out, for some of you it might help, I know it does in my country.


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 01:02 AM

Same Jointer, Same problem… was doing great until a day last month when the weather warmed and all the snow melted… everything was covered with water…

Normally I keep it waxed, but I must have been lax and let it sneak up on me…

I’ve got friends that swear by having a ceiling fan run all the time… I’ve never tried it myself as I keep promising myself the next project I do is to replace the crappy drywall in my shop… maybe I should get butt in gear and get it done.

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#12 posted 01-19-2011 01:22 AM

I keep my cast iron surfaces waxed. Several years ago, when I was just getting started, I ran into this problem in certain weather conditions. Since then, like others have said, I keep the humid air from blowing right over the cold iron. I have been using pieces of corrugated cardboard cut to fit the tables for years with no problems.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 03:07 AM

Brush On Evapro rust, let it sit for 20 minute. Wipe off, re-apply if needed.

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#14 posted 01-19-2011 03:46 AM

Wax works great for me on cast iron tables it prevents rust. The added bonus is that wood magically glides across freshly waxed tables!!

-- Chris - Baltimore, MD

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#15 posted 01-19-2011 03:56 AM

For light to moderate surface rust: 3M Roloc dics in my drill and Johnson’s Paste Wax. You can buy a basic set of Roloc discs and the holder at just about any auto parts store. After that just buy a case or two of the discs from an autobody supply house.

I’ve also used Evap-o-rust and it works very well; but, for me, the Roloc’s/wax are just as quick.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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