First of all, I'd use a half or quarter sheet sander with 120grit
dry, after scraping off everything as best you can with a putty
knife. That should get you down to metal and if the sandpaper
comes out clean, the stain won't be passed along to your work,
when you use the table.
Another excellent little product is BRAKE PARTS CLEANER spray. It
comes in two formula, and I'd try each. This stuff works great
for about anything, but I'd use it outdoors. Spray and scrub in
with 0000 steel wool, then immediately wipe. It evaporates like
crazy and is flammable, so again, work outdoors with nothing
If you aren't worried about what happens, try some muriatic acid
in a tiny area, wiping it off quickly.
For some things, bathroom cleaner (such as "scrubbing bubbles" brand)
seems to work when most other cleaners fail. I don't know if tarry goo
is on that list or not.
Sometimes, too, I find a traditional scrub brush (or old toothbrush or
such like) is more effective than an abrasive; the bristles tend to get
down in the little divots and rough bits of the surface better.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Have you tried just a heat gun and putty knife?
Xylene seems to get about anything IME. Pour it on, let it set, pour some
more on, scrape, then use medium steel wool. Most hardware stores/paint
stores carry it.
Very explosive! Keep good ventilation in mind.
Often you'll find excellent advice on a newsgroup.
Fast Orange hand cleaner. I do not like to wear gloves when painting or any
other messy job. Fast Orange removes grease, oil paint, lacquer, wood stain
etc from my hands. Even after it has dried. Yet it leaves hands feeling
good. I bought it at WalMart or NAPA. Don't remember. WW
I'd get some diatom earth - or Mothers polish and polish it off.
Mothers polish at auto shop. Can get red and worst case black polish there.
Rubbing compound - something that will absorb this stuff and cart it away.
Sam Takoy wrote:
Tar paper is petroleum based. So, your removal solvent will
need to be petroleum based. I'd be tempted to haul the saw
outdoors. Lay paper towels over the saw top, and soak the
paper towels in diesel fuel, or kerosene. Cover the wet
towels in aluminum foil, and wait over night. Remove the
foil, and see if the grime is any looser.
The other zany thing comes to mind is Easy Off oven cleaner.
Which is strongly hydroxide. Sometimes that will change
grease to soap, which rinses off more easily.
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