Protecting/cleaning the steel.

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  • #30492

    Jeffeb3
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    I don’t work with metal, ever, really. The tubes I bought are covered with oil. Its going to turn to sawdust infested oil soon. I also don’t want to ruin a bunch of sleeves. But I don’t want it to rust. I’m assuming I can clean it with soap, or mineral spirits. Then to keep it clean, what? Wax? Poly?

    #30494

    Ryan
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    A nice light coat of oil is usually a good thing. My opinion would be just a paper towel. That would get off the excess and leave a tiny bit.

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    #30495

    Jim Hildebrandt
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    I clean my steel with simple green, purple stuff or tsp. I have stuff i’ve made years ago with no protection and no rust in our climate. If you want to put something on it Boeshield T9 is a great product for that. https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield/b/ref=w_bl_hsx_s_sp_web_2586153011?ie=UTF8&node=2586153011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Boeshield

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    #30509

    Barry
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    I use paste wax on my table saw top(cast iron). Keeps the surface from rusting and makes the wood slide easier. It’s also not wet, so sawdust doesn’t stick. I usually wax it once a year and that’s enough to keep it from rusting. I’m in the Ohio valley area, so it’s like 80 to 90% humidity all summer, no rusting from condensation. I wish I could say the same for my anvil. I need to paint the base of it at least. I haven’t done anything to the tubes on my mpcnc, I haven’t seen any rust on them yet. We’re using stainless on the lowrider, so I don’t really see the need unless you’re cutting on the beach or something.

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    #30517

    Jeffeb3
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    I’m glad no one said poly 🙂

    I have paper towels within a few feet of the steel. I’ll start with that.

    I also have some paste wax that I bought for my table saw, that’s probably a good idea too. I’ll do that if the paper towels don’t clean it to my satisfaction.

    I don’t plan on cutting on the beach, but I also don’t want to commit to _not_ cutting on the beach.

    I don’t have green, purple, or tsp stuff. You’re right though, Colorado is pretty dry. So I shouldn’t worry too much, probably.

    #30528

    Barry
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    Heh, the MPZGR.
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    #30542

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    It would make a pretty nice mandala.

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