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Forum topic by Joe K posted 06-14-2013 11:47 AM 523 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joe K

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06-14-2013 11:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press sander rust clean maintain equipment protect

Hello! I am pretty new to the woodworking scene and so I need some advice from you guys. I was given a drill press and a sanding station that has a wheel and belt sander. Very exciting for someone with a $2 budget for tools! :-) They both look great except they sat in the guys outbuilding for quite a few years and have a decent layer of rust on the tables, etc. Can i just sand this off or is there a product that is best to use? Most of it is surface rust that i did start sanding with some sandpaper and it seemed to be coming off. And also what do I use to protect the surfaces after, to me if i oiled them to prevent more rust it would just collect more sawdust. So i guess i’m asking how do you all maintain your equipment?
Thanks!

-- But by the grace of God I am what I am... 1 Cor 15:10a


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scotsman9

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#1 posted 06-14-2013 11:55 AM

I take a wire wheel to surface rust, then Krud Kutter (Lowes) to clean any remaining residue.
For me in the wet Northeast I use paste wax on almost every surface.

There is a multitude of “levels” of surface cleaning, the above is just a general description of what I do.

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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MrFid

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 11:56 AM

Evaporust is a good product for rust removal. There’s also a product called PB (short for Penetrating Blaster) (spray can) that does a pretty good job. What grit were you sanding with? Personally, I “sand” those sorts of things with steel wool (O grade, then OOOO grade).

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Doug

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 11:58 AM

yep, wire wheel or brush then i use mineral spirits and wet sand the surface. finally a coat of paste wax for a very smooth surface

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Don W

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 12:14 PM

I second or third the wire wheel. Evaporust is great but I don’t use it on table tops usually. I use fluid film instead of paste wax typically, but either works fine.

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toolie

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 02:28 PM

this video has an inexpensive and effective work method for restoring CI tables:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSJjN8jvdp4&feature=relmfu

i used it in a unisaw refurb:

before:

after:

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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ScrubPlane

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#6 posted 06-14-2013 04:47 PM

You really don’t want to sand. Either evap-rust or other similar product is the best way to go. For really bad tops, I sometimes lay a towel flat on the surface and soak it with the solution and allow it to ‘work’ into the rust for a while. Then take a course scotch-rite pad and scrub, scrub, scrub away. I find it works well to staple pad to a small piece of wood for backing and leverage.

I like Boeshield’s teflon spray afterwards to keep the rust off.

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