Delta directs kerosene be used to clean all unpainted surfaces on
benchtop mortiser. Last time I bought kerosene was MANY years ago
when every corner had a service station. Directions eclude lacquer
thinner and a couple of others. DAGS and struck out. Would turps be
close enough? Directions go on to say coat with wood floor paste wax,
If it has been deodorized, how come it stinks so much? I
don't know exactly what fraction of petroleum kerosene is,
but I think it could be closer to diesel than paint thinner.
William T Bartlett wrote:
On Mon, 22 Dec 2003 16:51:07 -0500, " email@example.com"
Kerosene is great for removing light rust, cleaning metal, and using
it on your tools will help prevent rust. Kerosene is fairly
non-toxic, and cheap. You might be able to find a deordorized lamp
oil (kerosene) in WalMart's camping/sporting goods section, although
it will be more $.
Kerosene is available at many ACE hardware store by the gallon.
Mineral spirits is an acceptable alternative, in my experience.
The wax thing is problematic. I tried it, and my tables still
rusted. In the summer here, the humidity gets to 98%. Wax just
wasn't cutting it. It does make a fine surface that wood just glides
across, but wasn't worth a shit in the rust prevention department.
I tried CRC Table Guard and haven't seen a speck of rust <yet>.
I've changed recently: I used WD40 to clean, then coat with paste wax.
"Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal."
In order of preference, according to Delta cust support, when I called,
cuz I couldn't find a convenient source of Kero in the big city:
Pretty much any other 'light petroleum distallate'.
Yup on the wax. Make sure whatever you use is "silicone free".
are known good choices.
The Mechanic in me cringes at this.
Kerosene leaves a residue. It may not matter on iron table tops but it
certainly matters on machine parts, bearing races, etc.
The only time I use K1 as a cleaning agent is as a degreaser when the
item is going to be steam cleaned or power washed.
That's my choice. Stuff cuts well, relatively easy on the skin, not that
flammable, and dries clean.
i got a delta drill press for xmas and used that "goof off" stuff from
lowes(comes in small yellow tin w/nozzle)-. It worked very well to
remove all of the oil, then I followed up with a car wax (closest I
had to floor wax!) Seemed to do teh trick!
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