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Forum topic by woodman71 posted 05-24-2009 03:19 AM 925 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2009 03:19 AM

Hello everyone I like to say I have been woodworking for about 20 years as a hobby. I never real thought much about the slickness of the tables of the machines. But I had a problem with my sump pump no tool were damage just in the clean up some water some how got splashed on my band saw table and it start to rust just surface rust i would clean it with oil and saw dust to absorb the oil but it never really work it had a stain and i did like that one day at rockler woodworking store i found this stuff call rust free and T9 rust and corrosion protection these items are a package .I got to tell you that rust free is a phosphoric acid. This is how i used it i sparyed on the rust free and used a red scotoch brite pad wipe off and used mineral spirts and let dry then spray on the t9 i put a heavy coat on let sit over nite the following day i wipe off and put a lite coat and wipe off after about 5 minute table looked great but I was told by a sale man also what would work well is carnauba wax.I aslo put on the wax and I got tell you it just so much easyer to push wood over the tables now and my planer is feeding better and smoother then before but i never really thought i had a problem at all but i got tell you if you never cleaned yours tables i would says try it on one of tables i think you will be surprise

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 03:24 AM

Thanks for sharing. I use wax on my tables all the time. I’ve never tried the T9 or the Rust Free stuff. I usually use kerosine and 600 wet/dry, thinner to clean then wax. And you’re right, the wax really makes a difference on feeding.
By the way, welcome to the site.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 03:39 AM

Hey woodman
I use a Scotch pad and rubbing compound then I Put my oldest random orbital sander on it and use it to clean dry rust and stains off my equipment , after that I use paper towels until they are clean and then good old floor wax. after buffing with the ROA and soft rag its slick as can be. Do this about every 30-90 days and your wood will slide as smooth as can be. It makes using saws and other tools safer because your not forcing the wood over a dragging surface.

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 04:45 PM

I’ve used the Boeshield Rust-Free to remove heavier rust, and T-9 for prevention, and also follow with a good coat of paste wax once the T-9 is dry. The slick surface really does make things glide more easily.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 05-24-2009 04:48 PM

I use wd40 and #0000 steel wool to get the cast iron surfaces clean and rust free, then use paste wax on it. I try to add wax every couple of weeks or so depending on how much use a tool is getting. A clean waxed tool is a safe tool. That sounds dirty doesn’t it?

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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