the rust remover

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Project by hardwoodman posted 05-02-2010 09:06 AM 3632 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine was kind enough to lend me his craftsman joiner. I had it stored in my shed so it wouldn’t get damaged. One day I walked out to look for something and I noticed that it was rusted all over . I was so shocked and I didn’t know what to do. Was I going to need to buy him a new one or what? So I went to Rockler and bought this rust remover they carried and it looks just like new! So I never had to tell him it was rusted.

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 09:55 AM

Better hope he doesn’t follow you on the web :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 09:58 AM

you just did…:D

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 01:58 PM

WD-40 and steel wool (or a plastic scrubbie ) will also do it for future reference.

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 02:15 PM

If you wax and buff the surfaces with Johnson’s Paste Wax (original formula) you will never see rust again. Re-newing the wax about once per year is all you need to do.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 02:38 PM

That would be horrifying, nice recovery.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#6 posted 05-02-2010 03:38 PM

Looks good as new to me !

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#7 posted 05-02-2010 03:43 PM

Good fix!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 04:24 AM

I am with you John, WD 40 and steel wool. The Johnson’s past wax.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 01:47 PM

wd-40 and scothbrite , then Paste wax is the long term fix. I just did a makeover on an old tablesaw that was left outside, uncovered throughout the Maine winter. Thing is as good as new now, Their loss my Gain…...yee haw.

that jointer looks great

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 04:46 AM

I bought a used a table saw and had a similar issue. The pitting from the rust was pretty bad. I used WD40 and sanding screen to level it back out. Once metal rusts the damage is done and the once machined surface will never be the same but you can it back pretty close to where it was.

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#11 posted 05-18-2010 01:07 AM

I’ve had great results with a product called evapo-rust (available at Harbor Freight and online). This stuff is amazing. You can even spray it on. One gallon will treat over 300 lbs. of metal. It is bio-degradeable and will not harm plastics.

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#12 posted 05-19-2010 04:18 AM

there have been post about how fantastic Evapo rust is.
I’ve use rubbing compound and plastic scrubbing with a random orbital sander on top


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#13 posted 11-05-2010 04:57 PM

I was given an old Eaton Edgerite table saw a few years ago.
It had rust on the top, but first I had to get the paint off it..It’d been used as a utility
table not a saw ! Orbital sander, scrapers, scotchbrite on the ROS, WD-40..and wax..
I thought about a bit of auto body filler for the biggest rust craters, but that’d be too much..
And for something so abused and ignored that has the orriginal 50’s half horse hums along beautifly.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#14 posted 11-05-2010 05:00 PM

don’t want to be the nay sayer…but..

If you are friends, you should tell him. Although you appear to have gotten most of the rust, unless you completely disassembled it, there may still be rust in the nooks and crannys, that will eventually show up.

If I ever loaned a tool to someone and found out this happened to it and they covered it up, not only would he not get anymore loaned tools, he would be in jeopardy of friendship status.

Although you should have known that leaving bare metal items exposed to the ambient weather, could cause rusting (i.e. look at your shovel in your outdoor shed), it was a simple accident/mistake.

If it were me, I would tell him and offer to do a through clean up along side him to make sure you got everything. He may be pissed when he first finds out, but in the long run, he will at least know you are trust worthy that if something does happen, you will make him aware and make it right.

Just my 2 cents.


-- Rob-Yorktown "Shop's still not done, Tools are bought, Wood is bought, need to find time to start a project.."

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