Chip Monk wrote:
I've tried to avoid getting rust on the machines (jointer, esp.) by covering it with a big furniture blanket. The problem is compounded by the fact that there's really no insulation or heat in the shop. It's worst when the shop gets very cold at night and then the air gets warm & humid in the day ... loads of condensation builds.
The blanket I use for the table saw top seems to work ... but the one on the jointer doesn't. Maybe it's because it's heavier and has (I think) cotton in it. That might hold moisture --- I don't know.
Anyhow, I've used Top Saver to scrub the rust off and it gets the job done for the most part. The jointer doesn't get a lot of use, but I hate to see it get pitted.
Any suggestions on how to minimize the rust?
Thanks in advance!
One of the easiest ways to avoid rust is to USE the jointer. LOL.
Living in the humid climes of So. Florida, I fight rust on cast iron all the time.
If you have noticed some rust on the surfaces, you can use mineral spirits and a 0000 steel wool pad to remove it. Use a soft clean rag towipe down the entire surface before the MS totally evaporates. Repeat until no more rust residue is found on your rag. After that, a couple of thin coats of Johnson's paste wax applied and buffed out should keep the rust away. Keep in mind, if your tools are in a basement, or otherwise un-climate controlled area, you may have to inspect and clean them more often.
Have fun and be safe in the shop.