How can I remove imperfections from new cast tabletop??

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Forum topic by TerryDavis posted 01-16-2013 12:45 AM 947 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2013 12:45 AM

As the title states. I’m going through the final steps of setting my new Ridgid R4512 TS and the top has some marks left from the shipping grease. I’ve tried simple green, paint thinner, and lacquer thinner with #0 steel wool, but some imperfections remain. Everything appears to be smooth, it’s more a cosmetic issue, but I’m borderline OCD with some things. Any suggestions for a newbie??
Here are some crappy iPhone photos:

-- -TD

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 12:51 AM

Personally if it’s flat and smooth and has a coat of wax on it you’re ready to go.

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 12:55 AM

I think any use of an abrasive would potentailly ruin the flatness of the table. As DKV stated, Wax on, good to go!

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 01:10 AM

Kerosene is the only thing to remove the oil.

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 01:47 AM

I used WD 40. Worked pretty good.

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 02:41 AM

Mine had the same look to it. I wiped it hard for a few minutes with a solvent and then covered with paste wax to protect.

Did you decide on a blade from the other post?

Keep us posted.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 02:48 AM

Thanks everybody for the tips. I got it all wiped down with some WD-40 and then followed with couple of coats of Johnson’s Paste Wax. It doesn’t feel as smooth to the touch as the Delta tools that I’m used to working with at work, but a tossed an old T-shirt on it and it slid clean off and onto the floor, so I guess it’s plenty of smooth. My hands to feel a bit tacky right now, so it might just be me.
Now it’s time to true it all up!!

@Randy, I haven’t decided on a blade yet. I’m probably going to go with a Freud, as that is one of the brands I sell at my store and I can pick one up for about 28% regular price when it’s on sale with my discount; I just have to decide which one(s).

-- -TD

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 02:55 AM

if this really is from the protective grease than WD-40 and some paper towels should take it off, if that doesn’t do the trick, than you have discoloration from surface rust, or similar which won’t come off easily/ you can try rubbing it with wd-40 and green scotchbrite pads, but it will most likely leave a faint shadow of the marking and add some scratch marks to the cast iron (not that it would affect it’s functionality or anything).

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 03:08 AM

Some automotive rubbing compound should do it. I use and old Random orbital sander with a green scotch brite after putting a l small amount super fine rubbing compound on the table surface and then act like you sanding and it will buff out the marks. After that wipe of the excess and the use the a soft rag and the ROS to buff it out and after the tops clean and shinny you can use the ROS again and another soft rag to buff in some wax. This works to take rust off too.

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 03:58 AM

I routinely sand the crap out of my TS top to get glue, sweat rust, and finish off of it. It’s flat and will remain flat for a long time.

Just get to work with that table saw and don’t worry about the blemish! But congrats on the saw!

-- jay,

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