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Forum topic by aatwatch posted 395 days ago 858 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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aatwatch

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395 days ago

Hey everyone,

Can someone please tell me how to restore my 6 month old cast iron table top? I have tried Slipit and that just shines it up and the brown (rust?) won’t go away.. Please help!


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Rick M.

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#1 posted 395 days ago

If the rust is light, just use wd40 and some steel wool (then clean it off) or Evaporust.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 395 days ago

WD-40 and a scotch brite pad. Give it a good coat of wax once clean to keep it from coming back.

Cheers,
Brad

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toolie

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#3 posted 394 days ago

mineral spirits and a rough (first) and then a finer (smooth) scotch brite pad. then paste (johnson’s, for example) wax (no auto wax with silicone – may cause finishing problems).

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

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ART LACKEY

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#4 posted 394 days ago

Iv’e used—say 320 sandpaper and a light solvent with a hard wood block and sanding in one direction to restore machine tops. you can also use a random orbit sander with the same grit if you don’t mind the sanding marks.

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NGK

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#5 posted 394 days ago

Surely there are other ideas out there! Dig deeper, boys. I’m reminded of the many ways to get a “water ring” off of a varnished table.

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UpstateNYdude

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#6 posted 394 days ago

This works awesome, I clean off my CI tops and they come out looking beautiful every time.

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emart

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#7 posted 394 days ago

scotchbright pads work wonders. if you have a grinder you can use a wirewheel to remove deep pockets(wear a face shield)

another method that works very well for ultra rusted parts is to build yourself a cheap electrolysis rig. look up guides online. all it takes (i believe) is some baking soda, a battery tender, some carbon rods available at the welding store, and a bit of time.

make sure you seal the metal with wax or it will just happen again

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shampeon

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#8 posted 394 days ago

emart, that saw top doesn’t need such drastic measures. Just some scotch brite pads and some solvent or Barkeeper’s Friend.

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gtbuzz

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#9 posted 394 days ago

Boeshield Rust free works, but be very careful in using it. The instructions on the website are correct – the instructions on the bottle are not.

Here’s my thread summarizing:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/49983

It does work well, but you pretty much have to wipe it on and wipe it off otherwise you’ll get some staining in the CI.

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ChuckC

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#10 posted 394 days ago

I’ve used my 5” oscillating sander to clean up my TS. After that whatever you prefer to make it slick.

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MrRon

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#11 posted 394 days ago

Lots of elbow grease. Don’t try to baby it. It’s cast iron. It will take whatever you throw at it. Any of the other replieideas will work.

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 393 days ago

My freebie Ridgid bandsaw top was a LOT nastier than your top. I used my palm sander (Don’t put any holes in the paper) starting with 220 and finishing with 400 grit. I used mineral spirits as a wet sanding lube. Quick and easy. Then wax liberally.

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Mark Shymanski

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#13 posted 367 days ago

Make lots of projects, run enough wood across that and it’ll polish up real nice :-)

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