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Forum topic by CecilD posted 03-28-2013 04:19 PM 864 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2013 04:19 PM

Will be leaving the shop for a few months this summer. Do not want to cover my tools with any type of spray due to a friend who may need to use them a couple of times this summer. Was thinking about just covering them with a tarp but not sure if this would prevent rusting. Any suggestion on what type of tarp I should use or what would help prevent rust? I was thinking about a cotton painters floor cover tarp.

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 04:58 PM

Don’t know where you are located, but you seem to be on the right path by thinking about a cloth cover. I do know for a fact in a humid area, like here in Tennessee, a plastic cover will only promote rust.

I would wipe the cast iron down with Johnson’s paste wax and let it dry to a haze then throw a blanket or tarp over it. The wax will just give a little more protection and doesn’t have to be removed before your friend uses the machine. However, that is very risky to let anyone use your machines in the first place. Major liability issue.

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 05:20 PM

There are some “machine covers” that are made for tools specifically, because they allow the machines to breathe some….but they are not cheap. From what I understand, tarps will keep moisture “in” causing increased rust. I would coat them well with some sort of lubricant, T-9, a good quality wax etc, and leave them alone.

Now keep in mind I got this information from a rep for HTC, the company that makes those covers!!

-- Mike

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 05:50 PM

This is truly one of the more challenging questions posed on LJ’s. I say heads/cover, tails/no cover. Of course what do I know…

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#4 posted 04-22-2013 01:55 AM

Thanks for the information and suggestion. I think I will do the paste wax.

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 02:53 AM

I made my own covers from some denim I bought at the fabric shop and sewed at home. Left for 3 years while away in Iraq and all was well. Depends on where you live and such though, I am in Ga winters and not so bad and humidity in my shop is consistent due to climate control.

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#6 posted 05-04-2013 12:50 AM

I waxed the tables and covered with some old bed sheets. I guess I will see this fall when I get back. Missouri summer can be a xxtch.
Thanks for the information.

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#7 posted 05-04-2013 01:08 AM

Consider a $100 dehumidifier, and leave it on a low setting, with a tube to drain the condensation to the outside.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 03:42 AM

I’d wax the table with a good paste wax. I have found that if I put a wood box over my mill vise in the winter when we are gone, I do not get any rust on it any more. Covering tables with wood should help if you are worried about rust.

The problem is that the metal gets cold and then when it warms up a bit, moisture forms on the surface of the metal and creates rust. Use wood ‘n wax!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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