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    After assmebling my new TS 3650, i seem to have left some rusty fingerprints on it. I have read many posts under the search heading "table saw rust".

    My understanding is that I should use WD-40 and a teflon pan scratchpad to clean off the surface rust. Then add a layer of topCote and finally a layer of paste wax.

    sound good?

    what about flash rust? how do i prevent this from happening when i am cleaning my tabletop?

  • #2
    I only experienced flash rust once and didn't think it to be very common. It never happened again but if it's a problem for you why not clean off a wing and slap the paste wax to that part right away. Then, clean up half of the main table and wax that, etc, until done. For anything that's stubborn and you can't get out just call it character - grin!
    Later,
    Chiz

    edit: I have never used Topcote - only paste wax - but the Topcote has gotten great reviews as has a marine rust preventative, which I can't recall its name and couldn't find when I did (so, whay did I bring that up??). But I have one called QuickSilver that I bought at Bass Pro Shoppe. It's waiting for me to get off my widening and progressively deader (?) butt and strip the table down, sand and recoat. In short, your proceduce sounds right on.
    Last edited by ironhat; 08-20-2006, 05:50 PM.
    Later,
    Chiz
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    • #3
      The WD will prevent flash rust while you are cleaning. When you strip the WD to put the wax on, pick a day that it is not too humid (since we are into August you should not have to wait long). I would use either topcoat or paste wax, they perform the same function, BD (http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/ima...ine=1136331073)will tell you topcote and I am more a fan of JPW (Johnsons Paste Wax)

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      • #4
        what do you mean by "strip" the WD 40?

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        • #5
          WD will leave a film that will prevent the wax from sticking to the cast iron. WD will eventually evaporate but then you run the risk of rust again. I find I get better results when I rub the CI surface with alcohol then apply wax

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          • #6
            I cleaned the whole surface with WD 40, but the rust wouldn't come out. I can still see the spots where my hands first put the saw together last week. How can I get rid of the rust and dirt where my hands were? I using CLR an option?

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            • #7
              Try Whink rust stain remover. I use it to remove the superficial rust from my well water, on surfaces like sinks and bathtubs. You can get it the grocery store, etc. usually near the laundry detergents, CLR. It's in a brown squirt bottle. here's the link:

              http://www.whink.com/rust_stain_remover.htm

              I don't know if Naval Jelly is too corrosive for that application.

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              • #8
                did you use green scotchbrite with the WD? You can also use your ROS with the scotchbrite to add some speed without elbow grease. Just try not to get WD on the hook and loop pad

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                • #9
                  i used a blue scotchbrite with WD 40, and then i tried 0000 stainless steel with mineral spirits.

                  Either way, the rust is gone. What remains are the fingerprints. It looks like there is dirt trapped in them, but no matter how much i scrub i cant get 'em off. There is also a spot where i layed a coffee cup. There is a circle of discolouration that will not go away. Its starting to get frustrating.

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                  • #10
                    try the green with the power sander. Boeshield rust remover may be another option. I think you may need to polish out the blemishes

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                    • #11
                      The finish machining on these table is good but it is also pretty porous. You may need something more course in order to cut deep enough. That doesn't sound like a good idea to me. If you use one of the rust converters it's likely that you will still see a mark. I have marks on my table as well and have chosen to live with them - drove me nuts for a little while but even the coffee cup mark is part of the landscape, so to speak.
                      Best of luck,
                      Chiz
                      Later,
                      Chiz
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                      • #12
                        I too have a ring on my table top where a neighbor inadverntly set a "cold beverage" and worked at it a bit trying to remove it. I removed some but finally gave up and have since gotten used to seeing it there as part of the "scenery" as ironhat mentioned. It also serves as a nice reminder to myself and others to be more careful.....
                        Still enjoying all 10 fingers!

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                        • #13
                          Table saw on file with RCMP?

                          "the rust is gone. What remains are the fingerprints."

                          Look at it this way, if your table saw is ever stolen you can easily prove it is yours
                          "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                          John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                          • #14
                            I got the same thing. My garage doubles as a toybox. I hung my surfboard in its usual place and the leash dripped mildly salt water, I had rinsed the board, onto the top of my TS 2424 which had been moved to that location so I could clean up the floor. Man, salt water really works fast on cast iron, I still have the splatters on the saw table from that, over five years ago. I tried so hard to get the marks out, the table is almost polished, any brighter and the glare would blind me. Now, it slides like glass, but still stained.
                            Only a surfer knows the feeling. Billabong ca. 1985 or so

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