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Old 12-07-2017, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default what to wax your lathe bed with?

I've got a Nova DVR XP and it has a cast iron bed--pretty common, issue is I wet sand a lot especially when using micro-mesh, and my lathe bed rusts often--it comes off easily with some light sanding, but I'm searching for a long lasting protection--wax or other.

Recommendations/Input appreciated.

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Old 12-07-2017, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I clean it (my lathe bed) with wd40 and used sandpaper and then car wax it.


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Old 12-07-2017, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use Johnson's Paste wax in the yellow can. Been using the same can for several years.
I also wax the bottom of the banjo and the bottom of the tailstock. Note: don't wax the parts of each that are used in locking them to the ways.
Wax on, wax off. Parts slide well and seldom have any rust
Suggestion, put a towel down below where you are wet micromeshing. Saves time.
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Regular MinWax furniture paste wax polish works, I apply it with steel wool then wipe off with paper towel.

When wetsanding, I use these to protect the ways (with a piece of paper towel to catch & hold the water). They are cheap, easy to put in place and remove, and store easily (I slap them on the side of my metal storage cabinet).

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Old 12-07-2017, 06:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have worked in a number of cabinet shops over the years..decades as well as my own shop and turning studios and have always used paraffin wax. Just rub some on and buff off with anything...paper towel, rag, newspaper, shavings. I do not cover the surface completely...just scribble some on. Paraffin works on many things such as tool tables, fences, bits, blades, car window channels, door latches, drawer runners, router bases, zippers, etc....
I keep a piece in the magnetic dishes on my tools as well as in my Turning smock pocket.
You can buy paraffin at the grocery store in the canning supplies section. 1lb box and cut into usable pieces.

On a separate note, use Beeswax for nails and screws for easier driving.
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I wipe my bed and apply Super Slick Stuff after every use. I also cover it with plastic. Since I've been covering my cast iron woodworking tools with plastic it's really cut down on rust problems.

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Old 12-07-2017, 07:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Would liquid paraffin oil be suitable for this purpose ... just thought of it ... easier to apply.

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Old 12-07-2017, 07:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Cover the lathe bed with an old towel before using MM or any wet dry/sandpaper.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by magpens View Post
Would liquid paraffin oil be suitable for this purpose ... just thought of it ... easier to apply.
Paraffin oil is another term for kerosene and similar distillates.

Hard to be much easier than a soft wax product.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks Duncuss and KenV, I do put a towel down when I wet sand, but it being moist and on there for 20 mins to an hour is enough for it to rust up. I've tried Renaissance Wax, but it doesn't last very long--just looking for a longer lasting program.
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