What is the best way to preserve the tablesaw surface, drillpress table
and bandsaw table. I heard someone say that a good quality car wax will
do it. I have also heard someone mention a Teflon spray. I am having a
slight problem with rust on my tools and am wondering what other guys use?
The classic stuff is Johnson's Paste Wax. Or you could get some Boeshield.
What I absolutely wouldn't use is any type of car wax with silicon in it; it
causes problems later when you're trying to get a nice finish on your work.
Anyway, I've used both Johnson's and Boeshield. Given the choice, I'd go with
the Johnson's, just because a can will last forever. I'm still using a can that
was bought back in the 1960s. Boeshield comes in a spray can.
The best product to remove rust is called Top Saver. Incredible how it
works so well.
The best to preserve it is Top Cote or Boeshield. Spray it on every few
weeks in cold and damp weather, depending on use. These are well proven
products used by many woodworkers. Paste wax (Johnson's or Butchers) is OK,
but not as good as the above. Never use a product containing silicones
(many car waxes do) as it can get on the wood and make finishing a problem.
You can find this stuff at: www.leevalley.com or www.woodcraft.com
Don't use anything that leaves a residue, like silicon (like a lot of
car waxes). It can contaminate the wood and make finishing
problematic. Some waxes won't even sand off, just melt deeper into
Steve Manes, Brooklyn, USA
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