Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Table saw top rejuvenation?

8 posts in this topic

Posted

I have a sawstop with which I'm completely in love.  Or at least as much as you can love a power tool.  anyways, like many of us here, I'm coming off of Christmas projects and the mad dash to finish projects.  Now that Christmas is over, there's a little time to breathe.  My cast iron top is looking rough.  it has some surface rust and even some scratches.  what's the best way to get it back to "like new" condition?  i don't mind seeing some of the scratches, but i don't want to feel them.  i generally coat regularly with johnson's paste wax.  but i want to do a deep clean and "lightly resurface" the top.  what's the best way to go about doing this?  bar keepers friend?  naval jelly?  wet sand with high grit wet dry paper?  

 

photo1_zpse68efa0d.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Depends on what kit is available to you...

 

Some folks go at it with an RoS... Personally, I don't buy-into-that...

 

 

My Process:

 

Lapping plate (8"x8") and lapping paste (60micron) -- just about the best way to knock-down the scratch ridges without risk of dishing...

 

Once you've got the ridges under control, I use Simichrom Metal Polish applied with a buffer. This will remove most (and maybe all) stains and leave an even matte-finish. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000DZM7FS/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A38WFKVAMEYW7E . As a side note, while not a well-known product, Simichrom is generally considered one of the finest general purpose metal polishes available.

 

Final step is Renissance Wax applied with a buffer... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012S1XBO/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1B7M9EQGNCLQA

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

For the surface rust just a little bit of mineral spirits, green scuff pad and some elbow grease will make it shine.

Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

I have used WD40 to clean off the top surface rust from jointer beds, band saw, & table saw. After spraying on the WD40 use a scotch brite pad and the rust comes off pretty good. I would knock down the scratches that catch with sand paper on a block.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Pretend they are not there problem solved. If you resurface your saw every time you get a little scratch eventually you will be buying a new saw.

K COOPER likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

My grizzly top looks like crap, im over it, after all its grizzly haha.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Pretend they are not there problem solved. If you resurface your saw every time you get a little scratch eventually you will be buying a new saw.

I like this idea the best. Guess I'm finished!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

If a scratch has edges raised up that you can feel sand them down . Scrub with a scotch Brite pad, seal with wax or whatever....

But if you can't feel an edge on a scratch buff off the rust and seal/ wax etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0