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Forum topic by Mibuckeye posted 01-06-2013 10:21 AM 1220 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2013 10:21 AM

Long time lurker first time poster.I am very very new to wood working. I bought a used rigid 3660. It had some rust on it. I removed cast iron wings and got most of the rust off. However there is some black splotches left. How can I get these off and if I can’t will it affect performance any. Thanks, looking forward to asking a million questions. Sorry no pics can’t figure out how to load from iPad.

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 11:38 AM

i would try WD40 and steel wool…or try CLR and rub it with steel wool

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 12:27 PM

Buckeye: I live along the salt water in Florida and am constantly fighting the rust problem. I find the best way to get off rust from flat iron is to cut a scotch bright pad the size of my random orbit sander, attach it to the bottom, and use WD40. After you get the rust off, give your table surface several coats of paste wax (with carnuba). About every month, I give the top another coat of wax. This helps protect the iron from rust and helps the wood glide over the surface as well. I also keep a piece of 3/4 inch plywood over the top of the saw when I am not using it. Serves as a protection to keep off the moisture and a work surface at the same time. Get the rust off and you should be good to go.

Good luck with your woodworking and have fun.———-Skip

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 12:59 PM

Evapo-Rust is my choice, I recently bought a lathe that had been in storage and the base was badly rusted, looks good now. You need patience and some Scotch Brite green pads to make it all better.
A coat of wax will prevent the rust from returning.
Evapo-Rust is available on Amazon if you can’t find it.
There are many other references on this site, just search’ Evapo-Rust’

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 04:37 AM

I think the black splotches are iron oxide. They may not look pretty but the damage is already done and the main thing is to prevent further rusting thru good humidity control and, if you want a nice slick surface, a coating like TopCote which will also help prevent rust from returning. Don’t ignore the humidity issue. Even bare steel can’t rust without moisture being present.

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