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Paste Wax for TS Top

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I have read that I can use a paste wax for my cast iron top of my table saw to help prevent rust. Almost everything I have read says to use SC Johnson paste wax for floors. I don't have any of that around here. Can I use another paste wax meant for floors like Minwax paste wax? Here is a link to the product in question. https://www.minwax.ca/wood-products/...-finishing-wax

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I think the Minwax paste wax is about the same as Johnson's. I've been using wax on machinery for more than 40 years. It helps prevent rust and also makes for a lot less friction to run wood over the equipment. I normally apply the wax with a scotchbrite pad and then wipe off the excess with a clean dry cloth. You don't want to leave enough wax on the surface to get into the wood and cause problems with finishing.
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Great advice from Steve! Also be certain that all surfaces are clean and dry before you apply any paste wax. Once you have a good coat of wax on your TS, it may be easier to prevent most other rust problems. A hardware store may have Johnsons paste wax. Be safe.
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Lowe's or HD both carry Johnson's.

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I use the minwax, it works just as well. Honestly thought, it's wax, there isn't a huge difference unless you're talking about the finishing waxes like briwax. You could probably rub a candle on your saw and get the same effects, it's just more difficult. Minwax or Johnson, I doubt it matters

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Thanks for your input guys :) I will be leaving work early and work on my saw tonight. I will post some pics tomorrow hopefully!
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Thanks for your input guys :) I will be leaving work early and work on my saw tonight. I will post some pics tomorrow hopefully!
Looking forward to before and after shots! Just be sure that whatever wax you choose does not contain silicone as that will lead to finishing issues later. Renaissance, Johnson's and Minwax should all be good. Again, I use Johnson's from Lowe's (in the cleaning supplies aisle) and it works perfectly.

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Johnson's paste wax here as well. However, wherever you get it from, open it and check to make sure it's still in paste form. The last can I bought at the BORG had somehow turned to a liquid and I had to return it.
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I use an automotive wax. 100% carnuba turtle wax to be exact. I find it lasts longer, leaves a slicker finish on the saw, and transfers absolutely no residue to the workpiece at all.
Easy to apply, smells good, and a lot cheaper too.
Just make sure you only use 100% carnuba wax, with no additives.
I found 2 cracked cans in a clearance section at a box store over 3 years ago. Still have 1 1/2 cans left, and I wax my tables about once a month. (production shop, medium volume)
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I use an automotive wax. 100% carnuba turtle wax to be exact. I find it lasts longer, leaves a slicker finish on the saw, and transfers absolutely no residue to the workpiece at all.
Easy to apply, smells good, and a lot cheaper too.
Just make sure you only use 100% carnuba wax, with no additives.
I found 2 cracked cans in a clearance section at a box store over 3 years ago. Still have 1 1/2 cans left, and I wax my tables about once a month. (production shop, medium volume)
Table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, and spindle sander as well.
Don't forget to wax your fence sides as well.

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When you say you wax it once a month, do you clean the table first with mineral spirits or so you just apply another application of wax?
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When you say you wax it once a month, do you clean the table first with mineral spirits or so you just apply another application of wax?
I wipe it down and throw a coat on it. I do tend to use it as an assembly surface, so I'll clean off any glue residue etc. And apply a quick coat.

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I use the same product I use on my sailboat. It is a 3M liquid cleaner / wax. I keep a bottle in the shop and use it on all my cast surfaces.
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Bought a can at HD a couple of days ago. WalMart also carries it.
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