My Table Saw Top Marks Up Painted Surfaces

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Forum topic by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 05-09-2018 04:01 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2018 04:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw kobalt aluminium marks

I have a portable table saw that I use on location. It’s a really good saw but the aluminium table top transfers dark marks on painted surfaces.

I am looking for suggestions on preventing these marks from messing up my finished pieces.

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#1 posted 05-09-2018 04:10 PM

I keep all of my aluminum tables waxed with a buff type clear paste wax. I have used this trick for decades too.
I actually do it to all the machine tables; even the cast iron ones. things move easier and prevents rust too.
When the streaks show up again time to re-wax.

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#2 posted 05-09-2018 04:59 PM

Paint mars so easily, I doubt if there is any surface treatment you can do to completely eliminate it. I’d try attaching a piece of 1/4” MDF to it. You can round over the front edge even, so that doesn’t gouge the surface. And, you get the added benefit of zero clearance around the blade.

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#3 posted 05-09-2018 06:27 PM

I would try the sticky shelf / drawer liner vinyl .
remove any wax or coatings first with acetone or some kind of hot solvent.
some brands are thicker than others, so you may have to go on a “touch-n-feel” visit to walmart.
after all, you aren’t throwing finished panels on the saw table that would rip the vinyl,
so, in my thoughts, the shelf paper would not get much wear and tear. cut out the miter slots.
or ~ if you have one of those vinyl sticker sign shops in your area, stop by and buy a small hunk
of sign making vinyl – that stuff is pretty tough. (and lasts 7 years outside).
easy to replace when the time comes. (and cheap too).
if it doesn’t work, not a whole lot of investment lost in experimenting.
jus my Dos Centavos



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