TopSaver won the Wood magazine comparison for the best all-in-one
But, by far, the best performance was the Boeshield Rust Free (remover) and
Boeshield T-9 (preventative). That T-9 beat the living crap out of every
other product in the test.
IIRC, the total price for the Boeshield combo was even cheaper per ounce
than the TopSaver kit.
I already have the WD40 and paste wax so I will go that route and see how it
works here in the rainy Seattle area first. But, if it ends up a constant
struggle, it's time for Boeshield.
That first line had me going.
I'm waiting until it warms up a tad to spread a couple coats of shellac on my
cast iron tables. It's here, I've got plenty of rags, but it is also about 13
degrees F. which ain't the best set-up for finishing.
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is
I use Johnson's paste wax that I modify a bit by adding about 1/3
carnauba flakes in to raise the carnauba level. Makes for a harder
wax finish and a better product for my cast iron surfaces. You can
buy 1pound bags of flaked carnauba from Highland Hardware
On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 08:29:53 -0600, "Sweet Sawdust"
One of the magazines just ran a comparo of rust removers and preventatives.
The clear winner--and it was way out in front--is the Boeshield pair of T-9
remover and their rust preventative. I use them both and can vouch for them.
The usual disclaimer--no connection, etc.
I just wrote that I put an oil-varnish mix on my tablesaw and some
will not like that idea.. When I was farming,it was well known that a
diesel tractor always looked filthy where you poured the diesel in.
BUT, when you washed it away, the metal under it was always perfectly
clean and always free of rust. I am told that diesel is full of
parafin which is why it won't work when it gets too cold- the parafin
in it "solidifies". Steel is porous and will absorb liquids and just
plain old cheap diesel fuel is another method to consider although it
is probably too simple for most. Worked in a factory one time where
they were too cheap to buy paint so we wiped everything down with
diesel. Never had any rust there and there was water everywhere.
On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 11:33:07 -0500, Donnie Vazquez
I tried the Boeshield but didn't care for it much. It wasn't slippery at
all. I just use TopCote now. Haven't had any rust problems so far and it
is nice and slick. Easy and quick to apply too so I do it more often.
Maybe that helps too.
BeeFarmer--according to an article describing the testing of various
products to remove rust and protect cast iron against rust in Wood
Magazine's recent issue, the best rust preventer was "Boeshield T-9" and for
cleaning the rust off first, they recommended "Boeshield Rust-Free" and
"Empire TopSaver". Link to Boeshield below. Good luck
You don't use beeswax on your tablessaw? I would, only that what I've
seen is a bit pricey. I use Johnsons Paste wax instead. If you
want moisture moving away from your saw, place a "piano keeper" in the
cabinet. This is a low-wattage heater used inside pianos to keep
moisture out of them.
A Men! Thats one of the great things about NM compared to PA ( or WS ?
We do have to water the flower beds in the summer and even ocaisonally
winter, but NO rust and lumber stored outside has a moisture content of
nothing. :-) it picks up moisture when you bring it inside from your
Had an uncle that did that, favorite candy as a kid was chewing on the the
part of the comb that he cut off before he put the frames in the extractor,
grew up thinking all candy was supposed to have bee parts in it. :-Q
Being cheap, I keep a plastic bottle half full of paint thinner(mineral
spirits) in which I've dissolved a chunk of parrifin, squirt some on a rag
and wipe the table down, let dry and buff lightly, if you're not going to
use it for awhile just apply a heavy coat and let dry, don't buff till
you're ready to use it. works for me.
"Shut up and keep diggen"
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