I just got a Delta TS and they want me to clean the protective oil off the
top with kerosene. They specifically say not to use paint thinner,
gasoline, or acetone. Any idea why? It would cost me almost 20.00 to get a
couple ounces of kerosene because I would have to buy a kerosene container
also. There must be something else that would be safe and easier to get.
Someone suggested oven cleaner to me, but I am thinking of just wiping the
majority off and leaving a film to protect it. Bad idea?
If I clean it off, what would you suggest to protect it. I am thinking of
using wood polishing wax or a Teflon spray.
I wouldn't have noticed but it was just last Saturday and I remembered
reading some of it.
No need to apologize. I rehash stuff also to get the input of current
participants, but this was last Saturday! :)
They're volatile and may damage the paint.
I had reasonable luck with a putty knife and then mineral spirits...was
careful not to scrub at the paint too much.
I used a small screwdriver and an old toothbrush to clear the gunk out
of the miter slots.
Both gasoline or acetone/paint thinner can attack inferior quality paints and
plastics and turn them into a gooey mess. That'd be one reason not to (apart
from the fire thang). That didnt' stop me from using acetone on my bandsaw
table last week and it worked fine but I made sure not to get any on the
I finished the cleaning with air tool oil on a cotton cloth. Basically, if it's
a wax that is soluble in kerosene, you will be able to use nearly any light
oil: air tool oil, diesel fuel, WD 40 or CRC with varying degrees of speed (the
more volatile the liquid, the quicker it will dissolve the wax).
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I buy kerosene in 19l(4 gallons US?) containers here for about $23 CDN.
That includes the container which is just a plastic jug with a screwcap
on it. It sounds like you're in a jurisdiction that has some different
kinds of rules, or the store is trying to soak you for a container. I'd
try a different place and see if the story is the same.
Kerosene is flammable for sure, but nowhere near as volatile as gas or
acetone, and should be more widely available than what you're
describing. Maybe a few minutes on the phone calling different
suppliers will get you a better kick at it.
Oil eventually gets dry and sticky.
BTW, WD-40 eventually forms a varnish when it dries.
Coleman camp fuel (white gas)
Any auto tar remover (It's mostly keroscene, anyway)
Any auto degreaser
Buy several rolls of paper towels.
If it's cosmoline and not oil....Oh, boy, are you in for a fun time. But
there's other things that will work, including keroscene. Consider it one
of life's learning experiences.
Find a self-serve gas station that sells kerosene. How the hell do they
know what kind of container you put it in?
What kind of container costs $20? That sucker must have a real collection
of safety stickers on it.
Protection. Johnson's paste wax.
Thanks everyone. That container was $14 at True Value plus the cost of the
kerosene. I found a can for $7 at Lowes, so I'm all set.
Kerosene + Johnson's wax it is.
Now to find some shim material...
I have good results with WD40. If you let it dry it does make a lovely
varnish, but that does take a while.
Somebody mentioned Coleman fuel......Ya might want to pass on that
stuff....Take if from an experienced pyro, that's some serious stuff
there. It'll flash in a big hurry.
If you ask around somebody you know is bound to have some kero around
and will probably part with a pint or so for you.
Look back on this board about 10 days ago for same subject. I just got
a new Delta and ended up using mineral spirits. Worked fine.
I used a good grade of auto wax for a protective coat and will reapply
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