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post #1 of 10 Old 06-18-2009, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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I have a few machines that have cast iron tables or beds and in the past i've always used a product called slide eaze to protect the tops from rust and to make them smooth. Although it works well it doesnt last and i was wondering if anyone can suggest something else. I know some use a wax, which type and method would be very helpful. thanks alot.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-19-2009, 06:19 AM
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i use johnsons paste wax. I put a coat on about every 2-3 weeks. I'm in the humid south so rust is always a big concern of mine.

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I use Trewax paste wax. Just like Johnsons. The main thing is to NOT use automotive wax. There are chemicals that react with the cast iron. Another good product ls Bostik "Topcote"..

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I use plain old Johnson's past wax also. I like to apply it once a month or when it feels like it needs more, depending on tool usage.
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Another Johnson's Paste Wax user here. Once a month, never had problems with rust and my shop gets very humid in the summer.
-I really need to think about a/c out there now that I think about it lol.
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Johnson's (or any furniture wax) but I also use Gulf Wax on the sliding parts. Basically it's paraffin.

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I don't want to roll any eyes here...
but I've had great results with -

It's teflon, not silicon. And I've never had any finishing problems with it.

The protection (my opinion) exceeds the others.
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I live in the Desert and have never used anything, but maybe I should. I don’t get rust except where someone has set down a cold class or bottle. I just bought a new cast iron table extension and it is a lot lighter than the original cast iron. Do you think it’s because I don’t wax mine or could it be the type of cast iron? The saw is over 10 years old and I can’t remember it being any different.

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Paste wax and I try to remember to put the hardboard cover with a slote for the blade back over the saw between uses. Don't have to wax as often. I have found I have to go over it with emery paper to get a good finish before waxing. Maybe I should wax more often. Dean
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I don't use wax on surfaces that come in contact with wood.
Top Cote works good.

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