Stains on my Ridgid R4512 from a cleaner

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Forum topic by fstellab posted 02-19-2013 03:02 AM 1858 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2013 03:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw finishing sanding steel top


When I got the table saw, just after Christmas, I cleaned of the oily residue with mineral spirits. I then polished with Johnson’s paste wax. It looked Ok, but I really wasn’t impressed.

I polished a few time over the weeks, same thing.

Then I asked a person in a local wood /working/craft store how I could get better results. He gave me a bottle of cleaning solution (see photo), he said try that.

After cleaning the table saw with the stuff, I came back to find these blochie stains (see photo). I have cleaned with mineral spirits and waxed, but I can’t seem to get ride of these stains.

Any Ideas ?



-- Fred Stellabotte (

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 03:15 AM

What I have used from time to time is either a scotch brite pad and some light machine oil, or heavy duty rubbing compound followed by paste wax.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 03:46 AM

Rubbing compound is good, but I’d suggest going to a restaurant supply store and pick up a block or two of Rotten-stone. It’s used in kitchens to clean cast iron griddles, and since the saw table is iron, it would work. Rotten-stone is just uncrushed pumice. Check for the grades of course, and use the finest grade they have. Wet the table with a bit of mineral oil.

-- "It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools."

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