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06-15-2009 10:02 AM

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I find in my small workshop, on some of the machinary that rust/corrosion is starting to be abit of a problem. I already use some spray which works for a certain period but its going to cost a fair amount of money to keep getting cans, so what are some tips or advice you have for this problem????

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 11:37 AM

Johnsons paste wax. Can goes a long way.

Other than gun socks for hand tools or an air dehumidifier system.

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 01:14 PM

I will echo Mike’s suggestion for wax. I use Renaissance wax. It is a little pricey but I bought a can three years ago and, even though I wax all my cast iron tops regularly, still have plenty left.

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 05:14 PM

Defiantly wax. Almost any paste wax will do the trick clean the surfaces well first.

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 06:17 PM

Hi YoungManJosh, dust is a contributor to rust as it picks up moisture and holds to the CI/Steel tops. Wax will help but needs to be maintained on a regular basis. On those tools you use sparingly I’d make covers of a breathable material. Plastic tarps don’t breath and trap moisture. Tyvek (house wrap) is inexpensive and can be sewed up into covers. Try it and you’ll become a believer…

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#5 posted 06-20-2009 03:03 PM

I use wax and old bath towels, when the towels get dirty -shake them out, throw ‘em in the washing machine and voila! I can also sew the towels to fit the machine, sort of like a cover for a grill.

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#6 posted 06-20-2009 03:15 PM

I’ve been using WD40, & it doesn’t leave an oily surface.

The wood also seems to slide nicely.

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#7 posted 06-20-2009 05:30 PM

Floor wax is inexpensive and works great

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#8 posted 06-27-2009 01:21 PM

thanks for these tips, i will try to put some to use.

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#9 posted 06-27-2009 01:53 PM

rub on ,
rub off .
the zen ,
of tool maintenance !

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#10 posted 06-27-2009 02:28 PM

i use a thin cote of poly on all of my small tools. if you rub it good on flat area with a rag it srays smooth

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#11 posted 06-27-2009 03:04 PM

avoid “dew point” wont need any wax

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#12 posted 06-27-2009 11:37 PM

Even while using the wax, you have to re-apply often. I usually clean the dust off all my machines and start putting a thin coat of the Johnson’s wax on. By the time I’ve applied it to the last machine, the one I did first has dried and is ready to be buffed.

I do have a question though. I’ve heard that if you apply more than one coat of wax, you’re actually just removing the first coat you put on and still end up with only one coat. Is this true?

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#13 posted 06-30-2009 11:25 PM

Wax appears to be the weapon of choice. I use a scotch brite pad on my random orbit sander with paste wax mixed w/ kerosene to clean rust film . I follow this by a coating of plain paste wax and a good buffing. It has worked well for …....... well….... Ah…..... three years now. Ok, a lot longer.
Good luck, Kimball

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