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Forum topic by coachmancuso posted 527 days ago 549 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a delta 6 “jointer model # 37-220 in barter for me doing the persons dry cleaning up to 150.00 . I think I got a deal in a half! The machine works great but it has some rust on the table and what is the best way to get it off. Just a little dirty. From what I see on line I think I got a great deal seeing I own a dry cleaners and it will cost me pennies to clean 150.00 of clothing. That was a find!

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#1 posted 527 days ago

Gray or red Scotch pad, a random orbit or finish sander and some light oil. Used this on my table saw and it worked perfectly without doing anything to the cast iron except cleaning it.

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#3 posted 527 days ago

Which ever method you choose to remove the rust, apply a coat of Johnson’s paste wax afterwards. And re-apply as needed. Make it part of your preventative maintenance

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#4 posted 527 days ago

The Rust Free is good stuff. Smells bad, but sure takes a lot of the work out of rust removal. I give my TS a twice a year treatment with the T-9 and Johnson’s paste wax. Johnson’s is cheap and readily available. Works great.

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#5 posted 527 days ago

IMPORTANT! RustFree is good at removing rust BUT DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY ON THE METAL! Spray the product on a rage and wipe it on. If you spray directly on the metal you find a permanent splash mark on your jointer that will out live you.

FWIW, I picked up a used jointer on CL maybe 3yr ago and it has this very same type of mark on it and it does NOT come out. Head’s Up!

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#6 posted 527 days ago

No pictures. Didn’t happen. ;)

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#7 posted 527 days ago

I just finished cleaning up a jointer as well. I used mineral spirts and wet/dry sandpaper. With the mineral spirts on the table I started with 220 grit wet and dry sandpaper and using full strokes go from one side to the other. I did several times Until I felt no odd surfaces remaining. Cleaned, checked if smooth, followed the same process then went to 240, then 280, then into the 300’s, then 400’s then finally the 600’s. Wiped clean then cleaned with paint thinner. Wiped clean several times then applied three layers of johnson’s past wax. It turned out very nice.

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