Another reason, Turtle Wax (and other automotive waxes, I presume) seems to
have water in it. I didn't know this or discover the one post in the
archives (several years old) from someone who had the same problem until I'd
already made the mistake.
So, here goes...my very first DAMHIKT. (Is it a coincidence that it looks a
lot like DAMN IT?)
I applied the Turtle Wax to my brand new saw just after carefully removing
the Cosmoline and excitedly admiring the (ooh...aahh) shiny new surface. By
the time the wax was ready to buff, EVERY WAX STREAK HAD ALREADY CAUSED A
RUST STAIN. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH! Both extension wings as well...
The stains were really stubborn too. Nothing but a Scotchbright and a great
deal of muscle faded the rust stains. WD-40 and brake cleaning spray didn't
touch it. I worked that table (almost) back to new with pure friction. I
have Boeshield on it now, but I'm thinking about going the paste wax route.
Learn from this newbie, don't use car wax!
Petroleum has squat to do with it. Many, maybe most, car waxes contain
silicone, which creates fish-eyes in finishes. Beeswax is actually a tad soft,
but if melted and combined with a harder wax--carnauba (sp? George) for
instance--it does fine. Check with local beekeepers for beeswax, though.
Woodcraft gets 11 bucks a half pound, plus shipping. Beekeepers in my area of
VA get from $2 to $4 a pound. You might have to strain it through cheesecloth,
but a few bees knees really don't hurt most uses.
"Character is much easier kept than recovered." Thomas Paine
I have had very good results with a couple of different brands of car
wax- both made a big deal on the label about their high percentages of
caranauba. both were a bit stiffer to apply and dried a bit harder
than furniture or floor wax. neither had silicone. any other petroleum
distillates must have evaporated completely enough to not be a
I'd use them again.
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 08:56:42 -0500, "ClemsonDave"
one was branded harly. haven't seen that one in a while. the other was
meguiar's (or something close to that). it seems to be available at
most of the carparts chain stores around here. (autoborg?)
Boy this group is tough. Couple of slips of the fingers and get hammered.
Petroleum, silicone, the point is be careful with car wax!
yes, it is not a hard wax, but it works well for me. I use it about every
other time after using TS/jointer. It does not build up too thick of a
film, which I like. It wipes on and off with ease.
The product I use is Briwax, sorry not Beeswax. It is a blend of beeswax
Hey I did not capitalize the 'y' in yes above. Anyone pick that up?
Nothing! my machine is in use for roughly 6 hours a day so it does`nt
get rust on it,if not we use a teflon spray,never had problems with
finishing after using the older silicon sprays either
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