Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
I do not worry about rusty ways while turning wet wood. I do cover ways when wet sanding. Keep, ways coated with Johnson’s paste wax helps prevent rust. I just leave a light coat of wax on ways. Movement of the tool rest base and tailstock over the ways takes care of wiping off wax without crud build up. I apply couple of times a month.
Do the same for my bandsaw table after each use.
Notice ways, tool rest, tools and fingers turn black when turning wet woods that have a lot of tannic acid or tannin in them. I know tannic acid or tannin eat whatever rust inhibitor you use.
Have an unheated/air conditioned shop, and live in a high humidity area. I have tried almost every rust prevention/inhibitor product on the market. My latest product is Corrosion Stop which works if apply every time you use the machine. Corrosion stop leaves a film coating on surfaces. Can be brush off when removing chips and dust, or sliding tool rest & tailstock over the ways. Same when using my bandsaw sled, fence, or miter gauge on bandsaw, also where sweaty hands tough BS table.
Several months ago after reading a prevent and clean rust threads on a message board. Back to cleaning with WD-40, steel wool, wipe off, and apply wax. Keeping wax on surfaces cuts down fuzzy butt cleanings.
So try waxing up before use!