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NCmau
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was wondering if anyone has solution to clean a stained table saw top. I am in the process of restoring an old Delta Unisaw. The project is just about completed but I would like to give the table top a better finish. The top is very smooth with no rust pits but there are several stains. I tried steel wool, 320 sand paper, vinegar and lacquer thinner. I can use it the way it is, of course, but I would like to know if there is a simple solution other than surface grinding.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:52 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have refurbished 2 Unisaws, several jointers & my latest is a General 350 cabinet saw. Without surface grinding as you mentioned, there is no way to get the cast iron back to a "fresh from the factory" table. I smooth them up as well as I can using a random orbit sander (after scraping off accumulated crud) with WD-40 as a lubricant, then live with the "patina".
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

NCMau,
I have tried those you have mentioned on my Rigid cast top table saw. If you can find it, try a pumice block. It worked quite well on my saw and other cast top tools. Hope this helps!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with piker and after you get it as best you can I would use butchers wax on it I use it on all my machine tables.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You could use Evaporust or even some CLR Calcium Lime and Rust Remover HD.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If it's just a surface rust, use steel wool and WD40 to clean the surface. When not in use, apply a coat of carpenter's wax, such as Johnson's, to the table. I also do this with my hand saws.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Would electrolysis not work? I would try that if I had a big enough kettle to put the table top in.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Works only on rust, not necessarily a stain.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Table saw top Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I'm a big fan of this stuff. I've been using the T-9 for 10 years since my saw was new so I've had no need to try the Rust Free. If it works as well as the T-9 it's a winner.


 
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