Never thought this would happen to my TS - SURFACE RUST IN AN HOUR

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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 07-13-2012 11:45 PM 1024 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2012 11:45 PM

We have been having afternoon thunder bumpers, but no rain. Sure is nice to enjoy the cool air in the afternoon.

Today, a big one snuck up on me and it starting pouring. I had the big doors open and it took a minute to get everything inside.

Closed the big doors and went inside for lunch.

Came back and noticed (in the glare kinda) that there were standing water spots on the out feed table behind my TS blade. Looked closer at it and saw about 100 little surface rust spots on the cast iron table.


I kinda pride myself in taking care of my cast iron tops. I didn’t use to, but since getting better equipment and learning more on LJ, I have been taking care to keep them clean, polished and waxed. Never any drinks or glue bottles on the TS saw.

I waxed this table less than a month ago.

So, I grabbed the medium and fine grit SandFlex…......they work great….......and got the rust gone and everything re-waxed.

I am still having a hard time believing that just a little rain, almost a mist caused that rust on (what I thought was) a well waxed and cared for cast iron table.

Lesson learned.

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 12:09 AM

Cast iron can rust really quickly given the right circumstances, as you’ve discovered. I found out when I sweated on my saw. A good paste wax will slow the penetration of water but beyond that it really does nothing to prevent rust formation directly, and it doesn’t protect 100% from moisture as you’ve discovered. I like to use a light coat Boeshield T-9 rust preventer on my cast iron, buffed and dried, then add a coat of wax.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 12:18 AM

I buy a product called LPS-1 in 1 gallon or 5 gallon cans. Pour some into a spray bottle and spritz a light mist onto every tool in the shop every now & then.

Keeps the rust at bay, leaving behind a light film that prevents rust and wipes right off.

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 04:02 AM

I feel your pain C_Plus. Like you, I worked hard for my tools and saved for them. I bought most of my tools with coffee $. Rather then spending $7 per day on breaks, I brown bagged my lunches and skipped my coffee breaks. I would pocket $35 per week for tools. My wife told me to just go out and buy the tools after being the sole $ earner while we raised our 4 sons, but I wanted to earn the tools. I dust them off after use and keep them sharp and polished. But I live in hot, humid South NH and my shop has 3 wall below ground level. It’s always sweating, but rust is at a minimum.

To deal with my situation, I remove the rust and put Butcher Block wax on the surfaces. The product I use to remove the rust is called “N Ver Dull. and comes as a wadding. I then cover it with butcher block paste or bowling alley paste. This combination works for me!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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