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#1 posted 12-28-2018 02:36 AM

I think your friend needs to go to Tool Jail…. SMDH that’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. My neighbor has that saw, I don’t think it was a painted surface, but perhaps it was some sort of powder coat that failed. I can’t find a spec for what the top surface metal is, but I “think” it’s aluminum or a similar alloy. As the top is already FUBAR, if I were in your shoes, (and didn’t pay more than $50 for it), I’d start with some 100 grit in a ROS and see if it cleans up. Other schools of thought might be to try a razor scraper first then go to sand paper. If you get zero results from those than a flap wheel or wire brush might work, but I would be fearful of being too aggressive as I’m certain the top is NOT cast iron. Once you do get it cleaned up paste wax should be sufficient to protect and keep it smooth. Good luck with it and Welcome to the forum.

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