Kind'a hard to say, depends on the rust, how deep it is. Wool or paper
will work but start high and if it doesn't work go a little lower. The
lower you go the deeper the scratch marks in the top. If you have to get
down to 220 or 180 grit you may want buff out some of the scratches with
Finish with wax and buff.
I tried several methods, but found that the best was to use an "abrasive
block". Very fast at removing the rust, doesn't damage the table, plus you
can use to maintain the table in the future. You can get a set of three
from Highland Hardware for $15 (www.highlandhardware.com, search for "rust
eraser"). When the table is clean use your choice of protectants - Top-Cote
spray, paste wax, etc.
Here's the description from the website:
Silicon carbide abrasive mixed throughout each rubbery Rust Eraser block
scrubs rust, corrosion or tarnish off any metal in a hurry and leaves a
beautiful polish. The resilient consistency of the 3" x 2" x 3/4" blocks
lets them mold themselves to fit contoured surfaces, and cushions so that
even 60 grit won't cause deep scratches. These are the fastest, most cost-
effective hand tools we know of for eliminating rust and stains on tools,
rules, clamps & hardware. Set includes one each of Coarse (60 grit), Medium
(120 grit) and Fine (240 grit) Rust Erasers.
The "wipe on poly" would be so thin that you would scratch off most of
the protection after one session on the saw. Cleaning the resulting mess
would be too horrible for words.
Stick with TopCote and never look back...
Friends don't let friends use poly....
David Dube wrote:
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