Table Guard mfg. by CRC chemicals, can be found at:
http://www.tools-for-woodworking.com/product.asp?3@89 . The beauty of this
product is that it does not have to be removed before use and is innert to
wood and it's very slick.
when you aren't using it on a regular basis spray on Boeshield T-9
(don't wipe off).
when you are using it clean off the residue and apply a paste wax such
as SC Johnson's and buff when dry. don't use anything with silicone in it.
If using the saw and not thinking STORAGE
Clean it good and apply several coats of either Johnson's or BriWax
pastewax, OR a commerial table top treament like TopCote
Reapply either treatment frequently
I only had rust on my top once, after I stupidly left a piece of fresh pressure
treated lumber sitting on it. What can I say? I was young and stupid. I'm
older now and smell bad, but I digress.
I cleaned the rust off with steel wool and WD-40, cleaned the residue off with
brake cleaner, and then applied a couple coats of Johnson's Paste Wax. I've
never had a bit of rust on it since. Nor have I had to reapply wax all that
FWIW, the saw sits in the garage; I live in North Carolina where we have plenty
of humidity in the summer.
All those things mentioned by the others will work fine... but here's what I
do. I keep a small bottle of Johnson's Baby Powder in the shop and
occasionally sprinkle a little on my saw tables, especially after I clean
it. I rub it in well and then wipe off all excess. The only difference is
that I use my saw almost daily. If it truly will sit for long periods, then
a wax or chemical might be better.
Yea.... what he said.
The only silicon stuff I have in my shop is pure silicon spray that I use
for lubrication. I've never bought any Boshield (sp?), SlipIt, or other
products for table tops and I've never needed them.
Now, on my Inca jointer, I use Watco satin wax because the beds are made of
some kind of aluminum. But on my Delta, and on the saw and bandsaw tables, I
use baby powder. When I'm stupid and set my coffee cup down on my saw table,
and when it spills, and when I don;t get to it right away, I clean up the
ring later with a PC 330 vibrating sander and wet/dry paper. Then I blow it
off well, and add the baby powder.
We all use what works. I use baby powder. It works.
Boeshield and Top Cote come to mind as the Wreck's usual answer to this
I've got a shiny new one myself. I don't have any of the above stuff, so
I'm using Johnson's paste wax on it. I also have a cheap box fan on LO,
pointing directly at it, and running 24/7 to keep the air moving and
So far so good, but only time will tell. Good luck to both of our saws.
I'm going to be a sad Silvan if this thing starts to rust.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Running 24/7 is a bit much. It is only during times of big temperature
change or humidity change that will make a difference. Or when you heat the
shop after it has sat for a cold week. .
If it ever does rust, Top Saver is fantastic for removal. I put Top Cote on
it after cleaning and it has been looking as good as when new. Tried wax,
but I did not have great results with it. Maybe I just did not have it on
heavy enough or often enough.
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