Just got a new saw. The table is coated with residue from protective
plastic that was adhered to the iron. I'd like to clean it off. My
first thought for a cleaning agent was alcohol but I thought I'd defer
to the group....
| Just got a new saw. The table is coated with residue from protective
| plastic that was adhered to the iron. I'd like to clean it off. My
| first thought for a cleaning agent was alcohol but I thought I'd defer
| to the group....
I'd try WD-40... works as a solvent and doesn't leave the iron "raw" so rust
isn't a problem.
Is that the "import tool goop?"
if so and if its bare cast iron then mineral spirits worked well for
me. I always recoat bare metal with some kind of rust inhibitor.
Boeshield has served me well for woodworking tool tables. I have other
solutions for the Metalworking tools i have but thats for a different
They asked the guy at the store they bought the tool from. I still buy
stuff locally when I can and it is not financial suicide. I needed
some new cones for a 45 year old bicycle. The local bicycle store had
it. The big chain stores certainly did not. There is some reason why
looking for stuff at place that has been around for 35 years is good.
Can you show me a small business that has been at the same location 35
years owned by the same family owners that doesn't have any old stuff
and knowledge squirelled away somewhere? The first few Home Depots
have gone away. The one on Memorial Drive has been closed for years.
Probably more than a decade. I guess I was not clear that I meant a
relatively small mom and pop type of business. Sort of like when you
go to the lumberyard to get stuff instead going to a store that sells
wood products like HD and Lowes. Going to Wm J. Redmond & Sons or
Highland Woodworking to buy tools instead of HD or Lowes.
The store chain maybe old enough, but that doesn't mean that the stuff on
the shelves has been there that long.
There is an Ace Hardware in town that became a hardware store as a protest
to the first world war...before that, it made barbed wire...and to this day,
you can dig around in some of the shelves and find things that have dust
from the Ike years on them.
Me, I shop at one hardware store thats been in the same location for 108
Another favorite is of similar age, but built, and _moved_ into, a new
building about 15 years ago. When they did, they threw out a lot of the
'old stuff' in the basement. Hasn't been the same since. :((
When I cleaned off my new table saw and jointer I used kerosene and
almost an entire roll of paper towels but that was over 15 years ago.
Best bet is to use what the manufacturer recommends, plus a wax or
If you want to get rid of that residue really quick, ventilate the hell out of
the place and just use a can of brake cleaner spray on it. It'll take a hell of
a lot less than a roll of paper towels to complete the job. It will remove any
trace of petroleum products so cosmoline, etc. will be history. It becomes
critical that you immediately apply a couple of coats of Johnson's paste wax or
Boeshield before you finish for the day. If you wait until the next day, you
may be sorry.
Caveats for the use of brake cleaner: 1) VENTILATE !!!! 2) Don't get any on
plastic or wood. (This only applies while the spray is still wet. Once it dries
it won't attack anything.)
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