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What can I use to remove surface rust from woodworking machines? Specifically, a wood planer, drill press, belt sander . Answered

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jesse.cheese (author)2009-02-11

0000 steel wool and naval jelly, available at west marine. Simple green works fine, but get some kind of oil onto the cast iron parts after you wipe em off. I use a touch of lithium grease...

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modernman (author)jesse.cheese2009-04-11

Naval jelly works really well but no one warned me that it smells really bad.

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marvduck (author)2009-04-09

Muratic acid, the kind used to clean brick, will clean rust off metal nicely. But do not use on aluminum!

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Rust Remover (author)2009-03-07

The latest Chelant based rust removers. They are non hazardous and safe to use since they don't contain acids or alkalis. If you purchase a concentrated version, it will save you a great deal on shipping.

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brandegor (author)2009-02-06

WD 40 can really gum things up even though it works. At the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, very very fine wet/dry sandpaper over a sanding block is used - no water, obviously. It doesn't take a lot of elbow grease. Rinse off the rust particles every so often with mineral spirits. Then wax with paste wax - this is great not only from inhibiting further rust but wood moves over the metal really well. If the rust is deep and the metal is pitted, a brass wire brush works, too. Hope this helps.

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Spint (author)2009-02-05

WD40 and some elbow grease has always worked best for me.

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zieak (author)2009-02-05

CLR does a decent job of removing surface rust. It is available at most hardware and grocery stores. CLR stands for Calcium, Lime, Rust if i recall.

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