Wife Pregnant...Any Alternatives to WD-40 or Mineral Spirits?

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Forum topic by StainedSlippers posted 05-16-2011 02:31 AM 6922 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2011 02:31 AM

Hi all,
New member here and need some help. I just recently bought the Grizzly GO715P table saw (based on the reviews from my fellow jockeys) and I’m at the point where I have to clean off the rust protective coating. The problem is I just found out my wife is pregnant (5 weeks) and although very happy, not sure what to use that is safe. The saw is in my basement and shared with a laundry room so she needs to come down frequently. Any ideas?

Also, just starting to build my workshop and am cutting a lot of mdf…I have a dust deputy with a shopvac which works pretty well, but now I am considering a filter so she is not exposed to any dust. Any ideas?

Thanks guys….

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 02:33 AM

Baby power works well for that.

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 02:42 AM

Congratulations and welcome!

Unfortunately I don’t think there is a product that will remove the coating that doesn’t smell- Grizzly tends to lay it on thick. I used mineral spirits on my bandsaw. Just ask her to stay away from the basement for that day. You could also open a window if possible. When you do it, lay newspaper on the tool first and then pour the spirits on the paper. Come back in 30 minutes and most of it will come right off. You can use less mineral spirits and it will stay in contact better than just pouring it on and it will come off much easier. Be sure to remove the newspaper from the basement right away to keep the smell down.

On the second thing, pick up a Harbor Freight $150 dust collector. You’ll be amazed.

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 03:00 AM

Thanks Sergio, so the mineral spirits seeps through the paper and soaks up the coating? The wife is out on Sunday so I will give it a try….maybe I’ll even try to sneak in that dust collector…

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 03:02 AM

What you can do is take the table and do it outside. Once you remove the rust, buff it with wax.

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 03:05 AM

Already had my brothers help me move it down to the basement…it was pretty heavy…I did just buy the johnsons paste wax though…

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 03:23 AM

Yep. I fought with it for a while and then called Grizzly. They told me about the newspaper thing. When you pull it off, almost all of the coating will be on the newspaper. Make sure it stays damp the whole time.

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 03:44 AM

How much does the table just weigh?

You can try using Acetone. A faster Evaporate solvent.
But wont be effective than mineral spirit.

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#8 posted 05-16-2011 04:17 AM

You could take over doing the wash. BSEG

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 04:28 AM

Try a can of simple green spray foam, they have it at most bicycle shops for about 7.00 a can that lasts a long time. I used it on the anti-rust protection on my hitachi. Also works at cleaning grease out of clothing and car upholstery. It’s used in the shop to clean the nastiest chains and lithium grease quickly and easily. Safe, non-toxic, and has a pleasant smell to it.

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#10 posted 05-16-2011 04:57 AM

I think WD-40 is a more natural product than mineral spirits. It’s made from fish oil. My kids socker coach was a doctor and she sprayed the kids legs down with WD-40 to relieve cramps. Of course, I’m no doctor, and you just can’t be too safe when dealing with pregnancy so its a good idea to keep the subject pregnant person away during the day you use any product with aromatic properties.

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#11 posted 05-16-2011 05:01 AM

IF possible, clean the coating off outside. Barring that, you could send the wife out to spend the day with her sister or something like that, while you thoroughly clean the saw, and properly ventilate the basement… Mineral spirits doesn’t hang around in the air very long in my experience…

The long and the short of it is that your wife needs to steer clear of VOCs of any sort while she is pregnant, and your wife / baby need to steer clear of them in the first 6 months after birth….

Congratulations on the baby.

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#12 posted 05-16-2011 02:23 PM

Whatever you use, minimize the problem by removing all the cosmoline from the flat surfaces using a single-edge razor blade. I did this table with my Grizzley saw and it radically cut down on the number of paper towels needed to complete the job.

As for a cleaner, any of the orange-based ones should do the trick.

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#13 posted 05-16-2011 02:52 PM

Use a plastic putty knife and a paper towel to remove most of it then do what bunkie said. Get a bottle of orange/citrus cleaner and use that to wipe off the rest. After that use wax (or some thing else) to keep the rust away.


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#14 posted 05-16-2011 02:55 PM

I read that you can “liquefy” it with a hair dryer, and then soak it up with a ton of shop towels.

Congrats to you both !!!!

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#15 posted 05-16-2011 02:59 PM

Congratulations on the baby. First trimester? I’d keep her far away from all the nasty stuff. Goo gone seems to blast through anything, in my experience. It’s got a nauseating orange scent, however.

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