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07-01-2013 10:14 PM

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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#1 posted 07-01-2013 10:22 PM

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


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#2 posted 07-01-2013 10:23 PM

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


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 12:59 AM

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 just have to be willing to find it.

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 02:54 AM

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.

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#5 posted 07-02-2013 03:10 AM

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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#6 posted 07-02-2013 03:22 AM

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

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 03:39 AM

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

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#8 posted 07-02-2013 03:31 PM

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

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 04:01 PM

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:

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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#10 posted 07-02-2013 04:06 PM

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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#11 posted 07-02-2013 05:15 PM

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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#12 posted 07-03-2013 02:07 AM

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.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 07-29-2013 04:37 PM

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

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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