How to Remove Rust from Table Saws

“I am looking at a used 10″ table saw to replace my very old one. The top has a light coating of rust from just sitting in the garage. How is the best way to remove it, if possible?”

Submitted by: brandenbergs

WWGOA Editor Response:

I’ve had great luck getting surface rust off tools using a product from Empire Manufacturing called TopSaver. Spritz it on, let it sit a minute or two, then scrub with a Scotch Brite pad. If surface rust is all you’re up against, Top Saver and a little elbow grease, will fix the problem. Seal the top with Empire’s Table Top Lubricant so the saw doesn’t rust again in your shop. This is a great technique on how to remove rust from table saws.

Thank you for your question.

George Vondriska

Managing Editor

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11 Responses to “How to Remove Rust from Table Saws”
    • WWGOA Team

      You can use WD40 or Liquid Wrench as well, as long as you are careful to clean it thoroughly when you are done. If you leave any of this oil on the saw it can wreak havoc on your finish, so really take your time and get this stuff off of the saw.
      Here is an alternative approach if you are just dealing with surface rust (not pitted). Take a green Scotchbrite pad, set it on the effected area, and set a palm sander on top of the Scotchbrite pad. Then just run the sander, working the scotchbrite pad slowly across the surface. I have found this approach to be quicker and less messy than using a chemical approach. When its done, apply a coat of silicon free paste wax or a specialized tool sealant such as Bostik GlideCote.

  1. Dan Tillirson

    I am considering a 10″ drum sanders by Jet for my scroll saw hobby. Is it reliable? There’s some negative comments about the plastic drive system.

  2. David Pflumm

    I use 220-400 grit sandpaper followed by a scotch-brite pad. When the top is clean and shiny with not rust
    I wipe it with alcohol several times and apply two coats of cold gun-blue, until the top is an even black color. Then if it will sit for a while before use, I apply a light mineral oil and wipe it off before use. I have an old Craftsman planer that this has worked well with for years now. Same for my scroll saw with cast iron top.

  3. Robert Ward

    What is the best way to sand blocks of wood that have been cut horizontally? The grain is circular.

    • Customer Service

      It depends what tools you have. A drum sander could be effective on this. A random orbital sander or hand held belt sander might work well too.
      -Paul WWGOA

  4. Dave

    I saw a short video of you spraying something on the top of your table saw, and you said that it was not aerosol.

  5. P

    I m back to woodworking again and I have read about different projects being cover with a oil. Please tell me what oils are being used and available. Also, please explain how I would achieve a high gloss finish on a project that is being clear coated.

    • Customer Service

      Hello. There are a few different oils that are commonly used to finish woodworking projects:
      – Tung oil – Danish oil- Walnut oil- Mineral oil (does not cure. often used to treat cutting boards)
      A high gloss finish can be achieved with a few different products. A couple of the more popular options include gloss polyurethane and lacquer.

  6. Colin Clayton

    Ticket 21896 Your website is hard to negotiate IMHO. Where do I purchase the Bostick Tool Glide you often advertise in the videos I have purchased? Please send me a link