Cleaning aluminum table saw top

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Forum topic by Garyb6 posted 11-25-2008 09:05 PM 5187 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2008 09:05 PM

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I have a Bosch 4000 tablesaw in my garage shop. I bought the Bosch primarily because it folds up and stores away when not in use. I have been using it now for a couple of years and it has been a good saw. However, during the course of events I have used it not only as a tablesaw, but as an assembly table, staining/varnishing table etc. I have tried to protect it, but as you know stuff happens and the top needs a good cleaning. Any ideas on what to use? I have tired normal kitchen products, but they don’t seem to work.

Thanks for any ideas/suggestions.


-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#1 posted 11-25-2008 09:21 PM

Hello Gary, Good to see ya make it back home. It was a pleasure to meet you. Have you tried vinager and steel wool?
just a thought.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 11-27-2008 02:35 AM

I thought acids with aluminum can be toxic. I’m not positive though. Might want to check to see. Good luck.

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#3 posted 11-27-2008 02:52 AM

you maby use aluclean you can find it on trucks store it’s made for cleaning alum. wheel on truck ( d’ont use it inside vapors maybe toxic??)

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#4 posted 11-27-2008 03:38 AM

The use of vinegar with alum. poses not safety concerns:

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#5 posted 11-27-2008 06:11 AM

For the paint and varnish, start with some stripper like Jasco. Maybe test it on the underside, just in case it has lye in it. Unless you like that blackened look. For general cleaning of the discoloration, go to the grocery store and get some Cream of Tartar. That’s what they recommended to clean my old Boy Scout cook set, and it’s aluminum. I doubt if it’s any more abrasive than, say, toothpaste. Just don’t use any power tools. Even a lamb’s wool buffer can do some mean damage fast when it’s doing 5000 RPM or more.

I’ll bet you can google it and find good ideas for cleaning aluminum pots if you don’t like my suggestion.

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#6 posted 11-27-2008 06:59 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I knew you guys would come through. I hope to work on this over the long weekend.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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