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    My shop area has some humidity problems and I constantly fight rust on the cast iron of the new 3650 saw as well as other tools. My attempt to cover with a tarp was a step backward. One suggestion was to use some plain charcoal (no lighter) to combat the moisture. What else? WD-40 seems only good for a day or so.

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    I've heard of people "waxing" their table tops to keep the rust off, they say it works good.

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      TopCote works for me.
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        I finally went out to my "garage" the other night and found the top on the TS, table on my DP and the bed of the J/P all rusted, so much for waxing them...going to look into the Topcoat spray BD mentions above...

        quick question, I've been using the Minwax paste wax, is that the same as the Johnson wax I've read about on here?
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          Re: rust on cast iron

          Originally posted by AngryBeaver View Post
          .........................
          quick question, I've been using the Minwax paste wax, is that the same as the Johnson wax I've read about on here?
          AB, they're pretty much the same thing.

          FWIW, what I do with my iron is apply a coat of the TopCote to the iron surfaces according to the directions on the can. Once I've done that, I then apply two or three coats of Johnson's Paste Wax on top of the TopCote. I like to do that more for the slipperyness the paste wax gives me more so than for rust protection. I rely on the TopCote for the rust prevention. I usually strip off the coatings of TopCote and wax using Mineral Spirits 2 or 3 times a year and reapply. This method has kept my iron rust free for years, YRMV.
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            Before applying the wax make sure to apply an actual metal protecting product. Another product to look into that is highly effective is Boeshield T-9. Spray it on and wipe off. A single application can hold rust back for months.

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              I've been using the wax for the way the wood slides and I suppose it helps the rusting some. I'll try the Top Coat also.
              I've been also recommended to use Balistol by a friend that says it even works for his rods and reels in salt water.
              Thanks and I look forward to keeping the new equipment rust free.

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                Re: rust on cast iron

                Would all these valuable suggestions also applicable to TS with Alumnium top, such as TS2400 ?

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                • #9
                  Re: rust on cast iron

                  Aluminium shouldn't rust so the rust prevention stuff may not be needed. The paste wax for a slick surface would come into play though.
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                    Tks for clarifying, Dave.

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                    • #11
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                      I have been very lucky it would seem, even though the humidity here can be over 60% for days at a time and I only heat the shop in the winter when I am in there, I have no rust on my CI tool surfaces and all I have used is Butchers Wax for the past five years.
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                        Thanks for the replies guys...
                        How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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                        • #13
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                          I left Chicago after the winter of 1979!!!! Today I live in Glendale Arizona..NO SNOW, NO RUST on my table saw!

                          By the way, what part of Chicago are you in?

                          Cactus Man

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                          • #14
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                            Melrose Park, west surburb close to the border, but I did live on the near northwest side in Bucktown before moving here
                            How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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                              Re: rust on cast iron

                              Originally posted by Wagon Man View Post
                              Would all these valuable suggestions also applicable to TS with Alumnium top, such as TS2400 ?
                              Aluminum can corrode but it is very slow and you shouldn't have problems with the TS2400 top unless you left it outdoors under the elements for a few years. No protection is really needed other than cleaning it ocassionally. The grainy finish on the top helps wood slide very easily so wax is not necessary. It would also be very difficult to apply wax since its not a smooth slick surface.

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