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07-04-2016 08:13 PM

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Hi everyone,

With the Texas summer and humidity upon us, I’m having a lot of fun trying to keep the rust off my new table saw. I have tried the paste wax thing, but doesn’t seem to be real effective. So I’m having to clean the cast iron a couple times a week. The best thing I have found for cleaning it is Brasso. But after reading what others use, no one has ever mentioned Brasso. Is there chemicals in it that could cause problems with wood staining as there is with silicone based waxes?

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#1 posted 07-04-2016 09:02 PM

Clean it and treat it with Boeshield.

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#2 posted 07-04-2016 10:36 PM

Scrape with a straight razor blade and follow with wax. Don’t worry about the tops color, but about smoothness. Wax on thick, let stand for 10 and hand rub to a soft luster.


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#3 posted 07-05-2016 12:41 AM

I’ve never had any luck fighting the rust battle with the paste wax method. I think it’s what most woodworkers use and swear by, not me. I’ve tried many space age rust protection products over the years, some ridiculously expensive. What works best for me is CRC 3-36 Multi Purpose Lubricant & Corrosion Inhibitor. I buy it by the gallon ($30.00. Amazon) and keep a spray bottle and two rags whetted down in a plastic tub on or near my workbench. I spray or use the rags to wipe down tools before putting them away and to clean the cast iron tops in my shop. It smells good, dries into a protective non transferable coating.

Nowadays I live in Southern California so rust isn’t much of a concern. But I still use it every day. A gallon will last me a few years. I have no commercial interest or relationship with these guys, just a happy customer passing the word.

-- Ken

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 01:08 AM

I can set a Coke on my Unisaw and dodge the rust bullet. I use Corrosion X and it’s pretty remarkable.

Dig enough and you’ll find long discussions on treating iron. Corrosion X and Boeshield top the list in performance. I treat the saw a couple times a year. With heavy use, I might have to do it monthly or quarterly.

If you do go the Corrosion X route, don’t go the next step up. It’s remarkable, but doesn’t harden.

The only down side I got from using it was, I’d just polished my top, using some of my old diamond granite polishing pads and oil and it was a mirror like surface. One treatment of Corrosion X and all my efforts disappeared.

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 03:56 AM

Clean it and wipe on a coat of polyurethane.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 07-05-2016 04:11 AM

You can’t just wipe one coat on buff it off and go to town when you first get your saw. It takes 3-4 coats in the beginning and a couple more every now and again. The coats will build to where you really don’t have to mess with it but every 6mo to a year.

I live in south Louisiana.

Some like boeshield.

I’ve seen varathane water based floor finish used with great results. Matthias Wandel @

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 04:17 AM

Johnson paste waste is good enough for my made in Taiwan test rite saw. However, once saw stop sends me a free saw i will use Boeshield.

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#8 posted 07-05-2016 05:37 AM

I use Johnson’s Paste Wax here in California where we have little humidity and also back in Illinois where we have tons of humidity and the paste wax worked well there and is working here too.

How about a nylon stocking filled with desiccant under the saw top out of the way of moving parts.
Just a wild thougt!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 06:01 AM

Daily use is a wonderful anti rust treatment …


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#10 posted 07-05-2016 06:13 AM

Until you sweat over the table.

Daily use is a wonderful anti rust treatment …


- MadMark

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#11 posted 07-05-2016 10:29 AM

Wow Brasso!!! There is a blast from the past. Do they still make it? Last brasso I seen was in the navy in 1973.

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#12 posted 07-05-2016 11:04 AM

Just read the reviews on Amazon. Looks like they completely changed the formula back in 2010, at that time the review stars went to near zero, then came back again with obviously fake reviews.

Here in NC with a rickety old shed for a shop where I have actually found visible dew on the surface of my saw in the morning, Boeshield is worthless. So is multiple layers of wax.

Next think I’m going to try is polyurethane or lacquer.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#13 posted 07-05-2016 11:35 AM

As far as using a finish like poly or lacquer, shellac also works well.

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#14 posted 07-05-2016 12:26 PM

Wow Brasso!!! There is a blast from the past. Do they still make it? Last brasso I seen was in the navy in 1973.

- MustacheMike

Yeah, it was a name I thought was long gone. It’s metal polish, so I can’t imagine any harm from using it (to the wood and finishing aspect).

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#15 posted 07-05-2016 01:41 PM

You want to keep it like new but cast iron will develop a patina over time you’ll never keep it shiny.

I have same experience with wax as others mentioned. To me, it just doesn’t work in really humid environs a plus it wears off when you run boards across so you constantly have to reapply.

I use Boeshield mostly because it leaves a nice slick surface.

The best rust preventive is use your machines.

If you’re not using the machines frequently, here’s something that can work:

Spray down with WD40, cover with wax paper, then a towel, then a piece of plywood cut to the size of your table. When ready to use, wipe down with brake cleaner and apply Boeshield. I’ve done this in the past when I wasn’t going to use my machines for several months.

Bottom line: I dont’ worry about it anymore, just spray some rust remover or vinegar, scour with Scotch brite pad, rinse with brake cleaner, apply Boeshield and get to work.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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