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Forum topic by tyson posted 03-12-2009 05:59 PM 4297 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tyson

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03-12-2009 05:59 PM

im looking for a top coat or a wax for my saw top. i tried all the hardware stors in my area.HD caries a top coat spray type but they are all out of it. any sugestions would be appreciated.

-- a truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn


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Steelmum

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#1 posted 03-12-2009 06:10 PM

I just use past type floor wax. Put it on and buff it out. I use it every year in the fall. I have heard of people using liquid car wax like turtle wax. I have not seen anything that says there is not silicone in it. That is why I don’t use car wax. The spray top coat stuff is nice. But I think it is just too expensive when you can have a can of floor wax last for years.

-- Berta in NC

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Francisco Luna

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#2 posted 03-12-2009 06:14 PM

If the tup is rusted, just use a scotch britte pad ~ Very Fine Steel wool + Mineral spirits to clean the surface; apply a coat of wax, free of silicone one, that’s it. I like Butcher's.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Toddmc

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#3 posted 03-12-2009 06:16 PM

I would consider myself an amateur’s amateur and never really considered this issue. I currently use paraffin wax and buff it out with 2000grit sandpaper to keep my tool bed from rusting. Is this a bad choice? Also, what is the concern when choosing a wax?

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8iowa

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#4 posted 03-12-2009 06:30 PM

Since I acquired my Shopsmith back in 1983, I’ve been using Johnsons Past Wax, original formula, on my cast iron and aluminum surfaces, and on the steel bench and way tubes. My machines look like new, even though they have been exposed to South Florida heat and high humidity for all those years.

Look for the yellow can with a red stripe. You can pay a lot more, but nothing protects better.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Chris Wright

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#5 posted 03-12-2009 06:38 PM

If you want to use a spray, I use Topcote by Bostik. It’s a little price gut gives good results. Acts as a lubricant and protectant. However, if it’s my money I’d be spending, I’d just use a good paste wax and buff it real well so there’s no residue left.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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Padre

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#6 posted 03-12-2009 06:46 PM

I use a regular paste furniture wax.

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 03-12-2009 06:47 PM

I’ll second 8iowa on the plain ol’ Johnson’s paste wax. Works for me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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tyson

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#8 posted 03-12-2009 07:53 PM

johnsons paste wax? never heard of it.. where might a guy find this product? thanks for all the advise

Tyson

-- a truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 03-12-2009 07:59 PM

Here or about a zillion other places, from grocery stores to the neighborhood hardware store.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Kindlingmaker

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#10 posted 03-12-2009 08:01 PM

Johnson’s Floor Wax. You can get it everywhere, food store, department store, etc… Works really well and it is cheap. Don’t forget to put it in the miter slots and one your slides.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Kindlingmaker

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#11 posted 03-12-2009 08:02 PM

Yup CharlieM1958 has it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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khop

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#12 posted 03-12-2009 08:48 PM

I have used KIWI shoe polish (clear). Just buff it like other waxes. Looks good and great for the SOUL.
KHOP

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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spaids

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#13 posted 03-12-2009 09:44 PM

You look a bit young to be using a table saw Tyson. Maybe you should just stay away from it for about a decade.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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tyson

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#14 posted 03-12-2009 10:56 PM

too funny, thats my perfect little son in the pic. anyway i hope i dont get yelled at but i couldent find johnsons paste wax so i bought some turtle wax. i dident apply it yet, waiting for comments first

-- a truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn

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sIKE

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#15 posted 03-12-2009 11:40 PM

Tyson,

Becareful! Make sure there is no Silicon in that wax, you will rue the day you try to finsih wood with silicon on it….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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