Cleaning Used Steel City 35951C Table Saw Top and Insides

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Forum topic by Ebrabender posted 04-21-2018 01:01 PM 1831 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2018 01:01 PM

I just picked up a new to me steel city 10” saw. The top is dirty and showing surface rust but no pitting. My plan of attack for tonight is using Mineral Spirits to clean up and dirt and grime first. Then after that I was going to use some Naval Jelly to clean it up really good. After that I was going to then coat it with some paste wax to help seal it and hopefully leave it in good condition going forward.

My question is does this sound like a good plan going forward? Any other suggestions?

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#1 posted 04-21-2018 02:29 PM

I don’t think that I would use the naval jelly. What’s wrong with a ROS and a light lube (WD40)? I’ve even used Barkeepers Friend. After that, use the wax.

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 06:24 PM

I’ve always just used mineral spirits and rags to clean it then the ROS with 220, or 120 first if needed.
I wouldn’t want anything like wd40 getting on my sander pad, dry works for me then paste wax

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 06:29 PM

I love Google photos, found an old picture by searching for metal. Here’s a before and after I took of a quick cleanup on my bandsaw table.

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 06:56 PM

Yes, Mineral spirits, or wd40 and a ROS works very well.
I have used WD40 myself.
A lot of that surface rust may wipe off with the WD40.
After that I would use the finest grit sand paper I think I could get away with.
I upgraded my stamp steel table saw wings to cast iron last year. One was perfect, but the other was rusted pretty bad and pitted a little. After soaking off all I could I still had to use a coarse roloc pad to get the really bad rust, then worked up to 400 grit sand paper. Wing is flat, and better than the old stamped steel.
Typically though, I will wet sand with the WD40 and 320 to 600 sand paper on my ROS.
That wing was the first time I had ever used such an aggressive grind to clean a cast iron surface. And I was not at all sure it would work out ok.
First photo is after the wing soaked in WD40 over night and hit with a wire brush.

Here I am about done with the Roloc pad

And here I had been using the ROS to finish it up.

The left side wing was the rusty one.

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