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Router Table Finish Touch Up

I just purchased a router table from a resale store. Almost complete, just missing miter guide. The top is a little rough, has a small square stain on it, and there are a few dings on the edges. My question is what would be the best way to restore the surface to a smoother surface? It is aluminum.
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Smooth any dings with a mill file, then go over the top with a random orbit sander and fine paper. Then give it a coat of Johnson's paste wax (no silicone).
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+1 What he said. Don't sweat the small stuff.
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Smooth any dings with a mill file, then go over the top with a random orbit sander and fine paper. Then give it a coat of Johnson's paste wax (no silicone).
I took your advise and sanded it down with finest grit paper I had (220). The square stain is a problem because what ever was set on the table actually corroded the surface a little. I even cleaned out all the groves on the front by hand using a metal grinder cut off wheel. I was pretty happy with the results but decided to go a little further. I decided to paint all 8 of the grooves and the Ryobi logo. Taped all surfaces, then cut the grooves and the logo out, then painted them red. I hate waiting on paint to dry so out came the heat gun and in 15 minuets I had dry paint. I had a little seepage under the tape and decided to use some steel wool to clean it up. The steel wool did such a good job I dropped it on the table, grabbed the palm sander and ran the wool over the whole surface. Man that was the ticket to polishing up the table. All I have left to do is get it waxed as dodgeboy77 recommended.
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Good job!
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