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I've read that wax containing silicone should be avoided on cast iron tool tops. And that many auto waxes contain silicone.

I picked up a Steel City Mortiser and the assembly instructions say to clean the parts with WD40 and than wax the cast iron surface. Would also like to clean my table saw top and wax it. What's the best wax for this application?

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Hi Dave

I recommend Johnson Floor wax ( ALSO ) you can find it in many stores..it will fill the little marks it and make it smooooooth and slick again... it will also clean the tool..


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I've read that wax containing silicone should be avoided on cast iron tool tops. And that many auto waxes contain silicone.

I picked up a Steel City Mortiser and the assembly instructions say to clean the parts with WD40 and than wax the cast iron surface. Would also like to clean my table saw top and wax it. What's the best wax for this application?

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i totally agree with Bob and bobj. i keep a can in the shop and it keeps my cast iron surfaces free of rust and i think makes it so much easier to slide material across it. DO NOT USE AUTO WAX!

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I agree. It's Johnson's Paste Wax hands down. A tip on application... apply a liberal, even, coat on the tool surface, let that dry completely then buff. You don't need more than one coat at a time because that's actually all you can get is one coat. As you add and buff the ensuing coat will remove the previous coat, so don't waste your time (and wax) putting on that second coat.

Silicone will stain your wood or cause problems with applying stain. I don't allow anything with silicone in it in my shop.

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I've been using Nu-Finish car polish for 4 or more years and haven't had any rust on any of my machine surfaced tools. I also have a dehumidifier running nearly year round

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I've read that wax containing silicone should be avoided on cast iron tool tops. And that many auto waxes contain silicone.

I picked up a Steel City Mortiser and the assembly instructions say to clean the parts with WD40 and than wax the cast iron surface. Would also like to clean my table saw top and wax it. What's the best wax for this application?

Thanks.
Did the instructions tell you to use auto wax? My SC table saw book did.
I have a can of Minwax paste furniture wax that I use. I also heat the wax on the table with a heat gun to melt it into the surface. Works good.
After the WD-40 cleaning, I wipe that off with mineral spirits, then another wiping with alcohol. Then the wax goes on.

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Mike , you mean steel city recommends auto wax?

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Greetings Dave and welcome to the forum. I lived in the Springs from 1967-1970 . Loved it there. I worked out at the Navigator Headquarters at Glenn Erie just north of Gardens of the Gods.

Type of wax, been meaning to ask that myself, so when you get your answer I will have mine.

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hello jerry,

i know you have a ridgid ts. what kind of wax do you use?

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