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Greetings,

Excellent forum here!

In years past I've always had table saws with cast iron tops and cared for them accordingly. Rust or other deformations was never an issue.

Recently I acquired a new Porter Cable 10" Contractors Saw with an aluminum top. How does one care for aluminum when the day is done? A coating of Butchers Wax?

Many thanks!
 

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No clue re your question but welcome to the party!
 

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Welcome!

I use Johnson's Paste Wax on my aluminum router table top. I use it on my CI tables, too! It's cheap and seems to work well on everything - both to keep tops slippery and to prevent rust on CI tables.

I would think that Butcher's would give similar results. Just avoid automotive waxes with any silicone in them. Wood finishes don't like that stuff at all.

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C-Man said: "I wouldn't use any type of wax. Aluminum doesn't need much as it doesn't rust. "

Yes, but it does corrode/oxidize. On top of that, I think a coat of wax helps the stock slide across the aluminum. I like your Topcote idea.

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Yes, but it does corrode/oxidize. On top of that, I think a coat of wax helps the stock slide across the aluminum. I like your Topcote idea.

Bill
I wouldn't use anything other than Topcote if I were to use a product. A white Scotch-Brite pad (#7445) works wonders for continued maintenance. For light corrosion, use a light gray (#7448) For heavy corrosion use maroon (#7447).






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Aluminum does oxidize but generally turns white where iron turns red. If you've ever had an aluminum toolbox on your truck and got that white powder on your hands when opening it, you've seen it.
 

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I put paste wax on my old aluminum table saw top and it was great. Trouble is, it doesn't last very long, it needs frequent applications. I think if TopCote(Now officially called "GlideCote") lives up to it's claims, I'll be happy. They say it lasts 3 times longer, so we'll see. I sprayed everything with it!
 

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400 posts!

Hi!
We've always used Butcher's Wax on all CI and Al machine tops. No
complaints!
We are willing to try TopCote just so we don't get "set in our ways".
Will let you folks know how it goes ;)!
Buy the way, this makes out 400th post!
Hubby still insists that I ask if there is any prize or something for this milestone...alas, I try telling him, but he seems to be getting more "set in his ways" as we age :censored:!
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Welcome!

I use Johnson's Paste Wax on my aluminum router table top. I use it on my CI tables, too! It's cheap and seems to work well on everything - both to keep tops slippery and to prevent rust on CI tables.

I would think that Butcher's would give similar results. Just avoid automotive waxes with any silicone in them. Wood finishes don't like that stuff at all.

Bill
Thanks Bill!
 

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I just use the same Trewax paste floor wax that I use for my cast iron tables on my tools with aluminum tables and bases. I've done this for many years and its always seemed to work well.
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Hi!
We've always used Butcher's Wax on all CI and Al machine tops. No
complaints!
We are willing to try TopCote just so we don't get "set in our ways".
Will let you folks know how it goes ;)!
Buy the way, this makes out 400th post!
Hubby still insists that I ask if there is any prize or something for this milestone...alas, I try telling him, but he seems to be getting more "set in his ways" as we age :censored:!
Best to all,
Marena and Vinny
Absolutely outstanding help here, greatly appreciated!

Lyman
 

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I put paste wax on my old aluminum table saw top and it was great. Trouble is, it doesn't last very long, it needs frequent applications. I think if TopCote(Now officially called "GlideCote") lives up to it's claims, I'll be happy. They say it lasts 3 times longer, so we'll see. I sprayed everything with it!
Thank you, Robin!
 

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What kind of solvent have you used?
 

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Aluminum does oxidize but generally turns white where iron turns red. If you've ever had an aluminum toolbox on your truck and got that white powder on your hands when opening it, you've seen it.
Very true, and thanks.
 

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Greetings,

Excellent forum here!

In years past I've always had table saws with cast iron tops and cared for them accordingly. Rust or other deformations was never an issue.

Recently I acquired a new Porter Cable 10" Contractors Saw with an aluminum top. How does one care for aluminum when the day is done? A coating of Butchers Wax?

Many thanks!
YUP, treat it just like iron.
 

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What about BoeShield T9?
Thanks,
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