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Forum topic by jordanusmc posted 02-05-2012 06:39 AM 1388 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2012 06:39 AM

I am wondering best way to knock rust off of the non cast iron metal on the bandsaw? I understand that evaporust has been highly recommended and I have gotten all the rust off of my cast iron top however how should I go about getting rid of the rust on the other metals such as the metal “riser/blade guard” piece u know the half square one that you can slide up and down depending on the size of wood. Also once the rust is gone what do you recommend doing afterwards? Would spray painting it be the best way to prevent it from re rusting? Would sanding the bare metal parts (particularly the gauge under the table top so you can adjust the table top to different angles) be acceptable and just leaving them nice and shiny? I understand that my descriptions of these parts may not be the best, but any help here would be great. Y’all have yet to fail me so I am hoping for some more good information.

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 06:47 AM

Get the Boshield kit for cleaning your cast iron parts.
You can sometimes find it at Sears also.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 06:59 AM

When I had rust on the steel stand for my jointer, I used a brass brush followed by sandpaper and finally steel wool. I used aerosol Rustoleum to paint it and that was at least 10 years ago and I haven’t had rust on it since.

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 12:40 PM

I used an angle grinder to remove some major rust from my jointer’s base. I then primed it with Tremclad professional primer and left it at that. It’s been half a year and no rust at all.

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 01:46 PM

Do a search for grease box on this forum and you will get a recipe for a wax turpentine mixture that will keep the rust at bay once it is clean. As far a removing the rust from other parts, you can use evaporust, electrolysis, or just elbow grease with steel wool, sand paper, wire brush, etc. If you have an air compressor and a die grinder, you can use a wire cup brush, or a scotch brite wheel for corrosion removal.

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 02:27 PM

I have done quite a few restorations and I always use a BRASS wheel in my DRILL to remove the surface rust. You an also use CLR.. it works well. After that if the surface is not going to be painted I use a paste floor wax and buff it.. with excellent results. Also.. if you put paste wax on the table once a year or so it works great to protect it.
Anyhow just my opinion…
Funny you brought up a Band Saw.. Just yesterday I bought a GENERAL Band Saw to restore.. it’s totally cast iron. I’ll be posting some pictures soon.

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 05:28 PM

I use electrolysis for the majority of my rust removal, but you have to be careful. It will work on cast iron but it could tear up other metals and completely destroy the part. For those parts I use a wire wheel in a bench grinder or for heavy rust and paint removal a knotted wire wheel in a hand grinder. For protecting the cast iron from rust, a good coat of Johnsons floor wax is all that is necessary, dont use any automotive wax as most if not all contain silicone.

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