Rust cleanup.... it was easy !!

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Forum topic by ddillon posted 11-08-2016 07:04 PM 775 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2016 07:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rust clean up clean tabletop tip bandsaw tablesaw

After having my tools in limbo for oh so many years, I moved to a farm where I have a large workspace and I’m setting up my man-cave once again. But the storage time was not easy on the iron table tops. I was pleasantly surprised how really easy it was to merely hand sand off the rust and bring back the tops to shiny new appearance. A new coat of wax and ready to go…..

So don’t think your tools are done for when rusted… They may just clean right up. All told, this only took about 30 or 45 minutes of cleaning, and just a couple of small pieces of 150/220 sandpaper. I brushed the paper often to keep if from clogging, so the paper lasted pretty well.

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#1 posted 11-08-2016 07:38 PM

Very nice. I am about to rehabilitate a Grizzly table saw and it has surface rust all over the cast iron. It also needs some cleaning up underneath and adjusting the motor.

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#2 posted 11-09-2016 03:03 AM

check the underside of the table as well. Sometimes the paint has chipped and started to rust. Fix it now with some elbow grease like you did above and some minor touch up paint and get many more years of service.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 11-09-2016 01:44 PM

Good input, Woodbutcherbynight. I didn’t think about looking under.

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#4 posted 11-09-2016 04:43 PM

Glad to see you got them shiny again ! That the way tools are supposed to be. Bit of elbow grease goes long way !
Thanks for sharing !
“Im still pulling mine out of storage after couple of years”

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