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Blog entry by newwoodbutcher posted 10-13-2010 06:02 AM 1776 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live in a dry climate in inland Southern California so I don’t have the challenges with rusting tools that some of you have. Yet, no matter how diligent I am I still get rusty fingerprint marks and rust smudges on my cast iron tools and table tops. I usually use a scotch bright type scrubber and mineral oil or top coat to rub them out, sometimes a scrubber on my ROS. Well I’ve discovered a much easier and effective way! The product (found on another ww blog) is AUTOSOL Metal Polish. This stuff is amazing! I just got it from Amazon today and tried it out on my LN low angle jack plane. It had some prints and smudges of rust growing. Well I just wiped it down with this stuff on a paper towel, lightly. No hard scrubbing and just with a shop paper towel. WOW! That plane looks like new. It even removed a kind of ghost stain I couldn’t get out on a previous cleaning. I’m not sure how it would perform with deep and serious rust, I think not so well but for light rust and stains this stuff is the bee’s knees. I only bought a small tube (3.33 oz) and I think it was about $9. When I run out I’m buying the large economy size and will use it on my TS, jointer and other cast iron tables. This is a new must have product in my shop. I am just a woodworker and have no affiliation or interest in this company. Just thought you would like to know.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 06:22 AM

Any biker could tell you about Autosol’s Solval, as we’ve used it on our bikes for decades. You should be able to buy it at any cycle shop. Great stuff!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 06:41 AM

Sounds like it does wonders. The thing to check on Al cleaners is to make sure it doesn’t have silicone in it because that can pollute your whole shop so that everything you try and finish for years to come will have fish eyes and destroy all you hard work

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 07:27 AM

I was about to say the same thing as Jim… Be careful what you use on your tool’s surfaces as it will end up on your wood and effect any finish you put on.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 08:13 AM

umm have you tried waxing your cast iron tops?
i put like 5 coats on my ts and jointer and there great.
but even better is boesheild t9, you put it on a raw cast iron tool and then let it sit for a while ( i think like 12 hours) then buff it out and its great. you can even put a couple coats of wax.
all the different cans of the boeshield t9 are the same product. you can find it at cycle shops, they say to use it on your chain. but again its all the same product, just marketed differently.

-- Ben L

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#5 posted 10-14-2010 04:15 AM

Ah yes, the dreaded ‘fisheye’ from a mere microscopic spec of silly cone….

Is there a MSDS on the stuff? It will probably tell a lot. Or a patent number?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 10-14-2010 04:28 AM

I see a lot of ingredients on the tube, none I can pronounce. I don’t see any silicone. Their web site has all the technical information about their products. I would love to hear from any of you if you learn or know anything negative or interesting about this product.

Yes Ben I do wax my table tops but only every other month or so (sometimes longer). I’ve been happy with all the results so far but this product looks to me like an easy and effective pathway to getting slightly better results in about 25% of the time and effort. I would love to hear more from you any of you with an engineering bent. Thanks for the response

-- Ken

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