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I have read alot of different things about rust prevention on the boards. I have a question about paste wax, everything I have read says apply it to help protect against rust.

How is everyone applying it, by hand with a rag and then using some sort of buffer to polish the surface?

What have you found to be the best way to apply?
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Shmear it on with a paper towel, let it dry then buff off with an old t-shirt.

Re-apply as necessary

Remember, Goodwill stores sells old t-shirts as rags, very handy and reasonably priced (and supports a good cause!)

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Shmear it on with a paper towel, let it dry then buff off with an old t-shirt.

Re-apply as necessary

Remember, Goodwill stores sells old t-shirts as rags, very handy and reasonably priced (and supports a good cause!)

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I have read alot of different things about rust prevention on the boards. I have a question about paste wax, everything I have read says apply it to help protect against rust.

How is everyone applying it, by hand with a rag and then using some sort of buffer to polish the surface?

What have you found to be the best way to apply?
apply it...
let it dry..
buffer it..
the more you buffer the harder the wax becomes the better it does it's job..
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Make sure it doesn't have silicone in the wax. It can transfer and create finishing problems. I've always used a product called Waxilit from Lee Valley. It has lasted a long time. Don't know if they still sell it.

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Johnsons Paste wax. Just like above on with a paper towel off with a rag.
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I use Turtle Wax car wax on my Joiner with the cast tables or wings, and my table saw has an Aluminum surface but I still use the wax to make the wood slide nice and smoothly.
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To keep rust off your tools, the best way is to keep the relative humidity in your shop below 55%. Keeping the Dew Point of the air in your shop from ever coming close to 90%+. Dew point is the temperature at which the moisture content in the air from condensing on surfaces, like moisture collects on a cold drink glass. It will collect on metal surfaces in your shop if the tools are colder than the air temperature around it too. I control the heat/humidity in my shop by running a heat pump to keep my shop air temperature above freezing and remove excess humidity at the same time. It provides both heating and cooling, and at about 72 deg F it keeps the humidity at about 55%.

It would be good to learn more about dew point and what it means to better understand how to control rusting in your shop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew_point. Keeping the shop air/humidity combination well above it's dew point will do wonders for rust prevention. As air is cooled it can no longer hold as much moisture as it could when warm. When the critical temperature is reached and the air can no longer hold this much moisture, the moisture in it begins to collect on surfaces around it forming dew (dewpoint), drops of water, which then causes the ferrous metal to rust.

This makes a big difference, but I also keep Johnson's Paste Wax on all of my tool surfaces. But I do this more for lubrication of the surface than for rust prevention. It does help keep the moisture in the air from reaching the metal to reduce rusting, but surface lubrication is important too. I even use this wax, applied thick with an old tooth brush to the ways and gears of my saws and machines to lubricate them. The wax quickly develops a hard surface coating, so saw dust doesn't readily stick to it like petroleum lubricants, and it does a fine job for this use. I usually use a Teflon lubricant for other bearing and pivot surfaces in the tools.

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I use Johnson's Paste Wax and apply it as described above. For the first few times I waxed the surfaces, I applied the wax and buffed it until it was buffed rather than letting it dry and then buff off. It serves me dual purpose...helps to keep the rust away and allows for smoother movement of the wood...

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I use Turtle Wax car wax on my Joiner with the cast tables or wings, and my table saw has an Aluminum surface but I still use the wax to make the wood slide nice and smoothly.
that wax has silicone in it..
not a good plan
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