On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 07:24:41 -0500, the inscrutable GregP
It probably wouldn't be much worse than a clean, waxed arn surface.
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Personally I wouldn't paint it myself but here's something you might
I have a table saw in my garage that I don't use often enough to keep
the top shiny. I had a small empty cardboard box sitting on the table
and when I removed it I noticed that the top under the cardboard was
shiny but the rest of the top was kinda getting that darkened look to
it. Not yet rust but just a slight discoloration. I cleaned the top
up sprayed it down and cut a piece of cardboard the full size of the
top. I used a folded up cabinet box so it's actually two layers. I
leave the cardboard there until I use the saw. It may be that the
cardboard is absorbing the moisture or that the cardboard acts like a
vapor barrier or it might just be my imagination but the top is
always shiny even after several months.
Paint scratches easy. Trick to having things slide is the smoothness
factor. Scratched paint will increase friction. With constant
polishing and waxing, paint should be okay. Powder coat is actually a
type of plastic that is cooked onto whatever you are coating. High
friction content. Plus there are no guarantees that you will end up
with a level surface after the process. Plus, once you chip it in one
spot, it will keep coming up!
With chrome or nickel plating, you will want to specify that you don't
want your surface polished. No guarantees that the guy holding your
table to the buffer wheel will keep it a flat surface, so specify no
polish. Just plate. Low upkeep with chrome. Nickel will require some
Unless you have it powder coated the paint will probably rub off on to the
wood you are cutting. I had an old insert that left red paint on my wood
until all the paint rubbed off.
Use the Empire product to restore the finish and then apply 2 or 3 initial
coats of TopCote. I live in Houston and the humidity is regularly 80% and
above and I have no rust problems using TopCote and I apply it about every
3 or 4 months. If you have condensing moisture on your tools nothing will
probably help short of spraying down with oil.
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