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My modest little shop is located in my basement/garage. Last nite I had the garage door open and I forgot to close it, discovering my mistake when I left for work at 6:45AM this morning. My Unisaw table is now covered in a light rust..I was able to wipe almost all of it off with a rag but you can still see there's more there. So what I want to know is..what does everyone…
A: use to get rid of the rust and
B: what does everyone use to prevent the rust. I have been exploring using wax, and Boeshield and someone also suggested shoe polish….so I want to hear some of your opinions on what you guys think works the best.
 

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I'm a fan of vaseline for rust prevention.

very light coat to the point that you put some on and wipe almost all of it off.

It doesn't smell bad, doesn't stain your tools or clothes, and has a mild paraffin base that has long term protection.
 

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Okay, I got a trick for you all. Learned this from an old buddy of mine, looks like he might have wrestled grizzlies in the past, but he's been a tinkerer for a long time. Told me to try using used engine oil and gasoline mixed together. About a 50/50 mix is strong. Steel wool off the rust or a 220 paper will do on a block sander. Blow off or wipe off dust. He uses a spray bottle with this in it to soak the rusted area till it's well coated and let sit about 5 seconds and wipe off. Then use paste wax. It really works to inhibit rust, something about the engine oil carbon and what heat has done to it, that makes it work, I use it now with great results. Hope this helps.
 

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I use the Top Saver System for getting any rust off of any cast iron table, works well. If you decide to try it just get the spray bottle of the stuff and not the kit, you can use your own scrubbing pad and rags. Might look expensive but it lasts a really long time, you don't use a lot when you have to use it. Then I protect it with Top-Cote. Been doing this with both for the 15 years I've have my UniSaw and both work extremely well so I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel.
 

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Thanks for all the ideas! I think I'm leaning twords the steel wool/WD40. I am a little worried about the wax ending up on my wood. Can you Wd'ers elaborate on yuor methods? Am I buffing with the steel wool and
WD 40 or am I buffing dry and then top coating with the WD?
 

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I have used a lot of different methods that work, but I have found the easiest, quickest and least messy to be this. I take scotchbright pad, set a palm sander on top of it, turn it on and slowly go over the entire top with this setup using moderate pressure. It erases rust faster than anything else I have tried.

Then, for protection, if you have a serious problem then I have found car wax to be decent, and a good tool cover to be the best. If the problem is minor, then buff the top of your tools for about 30 seconds apiece with wax paper. This will leave just enough residue on the table to give it a nice low friction usability, and a bit of rust protection.
 
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