maintence maintece and more maintence #1: My preferred rust removal.

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Blog entry by kenthemadcarpenter posted 12-11-2015 09:35 PM 1051 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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If you own any tools, you inevitable will run into rust at some point, or if you by a used rusty tool, removing rust can be difficult in some cases. Of course there are countless ways to remove the rust, all of them requiring some form or another of good ole fashioned elbow grease. I found in most cases what works well, is Wd40, 60 grit Aluminum Oxide sand paper, and a good palm sander. On my drill press this is all I used, these are the steps
1st I took some disposable shop towels and wiped off as mush surface rust as I could
2nd I sprayed the entire service with Wd40. and then I let it sit for 10 minutes. Let it do its job and penetrate the rust.
3rd I took my palm sander with the 60 grit sandpaper and began sanding away the rust, I went through two pieces on the cast iron table., I then took my degreaser sprayed the table and wiped away the mess, I still had a few spot so i resprayed the table let it set for ten minutes and then took the palm sander back to it. when I was done I wiped it down. I then sprayed the chuck with wd40 and changed the speed setting to the lowest setting and turned it on took a strip of the 60 grit sand paper to it. when all was said and done it looked as good as new.
there are different methods to remove rust, some involving harsh chemicals. glass beading etcetera, but most of us can get away with my preferred method and no I didn’t come up with this idea, this has been around for years.

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 10:20 PM

Your drill press looks good. Rust can be such a pain. Fortunately, I am able to control the climate in my small shop, but the stuff in my sheds, yard, and equipment trailer rusts and I am forever combating it, mostly with WD40 and scotch brite, but also with aerokroil, blaster, mineral oil, sandpaper steel wool, sand blaster and razor scraper. I paint, lube, scrape, and clean, but entropy is inevitable.

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