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Hi.

First time poster here. I recently bought my first table saw, a DeWalt DW75. I read that using Briwax on the table saw top is pretty common. To help my crosscut jig slide easier.
However, i applied the wax. Let it sit for a while and started to buff off with a cloth. There is still a good amount left on and i can't remove it. It's meaning that my wood is stick as i slide into the blade.

I have also tried scrapping off with little success. Not sure if i should sand it or perhaps use some sort of paint stripper, or something of that nature.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

FYI. I used Briwax Original 400g Clear. And i believe the table top is cast iron. I also only cleaned my table top with a dry cloth before hand.

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I haven't used briwax, but have used other paste waxes. I suspect that you have put it on a bit thick and are now struggling to generate enough heat to either buff it or even move it around. The current cold weather and properties of cast iron won't help either.

I would try warming it up with a hair drier or heater and buffing it. There are other specialist waxes for cast iron machinery, but I have used paste waxes on bandsaw tables and planer beds and it works well enough without having a part used bottle/pot of something else in the workshop.
 

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Try running a hot air gun (or hairdryer if you haven't one) over it and wiping it off at the same time. What ever you use the beastly muck on make sure you do it very thinly and wipe it off pdq. It does work well on machine tables - it was all I used it for. :D
 
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Brilliant thank you both for your quick replies. I'll grab a hair dryer and give it a go! I probably should have been less generous with my coat!

Thanks again
Michael
 

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Michael.Livingston":1gyz51fe said:
I'll grab a hair dryer and give it a go! I probably should have been less generous with my coat!
That's what I do. Used the wifes' hairdryer until she caught me one day and all hell broke loose so had to beg an old one from my daughter for the workshop.
Surprising how often it gets used, warming up glue, drying CA and as said melting wax.
 

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Michael.Livingston":3ldb54oi said:
Good thing i got the missus a new one for xmas!
Once you start using the old one she might think your motives were far from innocent. :wink: :lol:
 
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Well. I tried the hair dryer, no joy. So tried white spirit, and it removed the paint from the table. Which i don't think is ideal!
 
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It defiantly looks like some sort of metal underneath the pain that stripped away. It was silver anyway! I'm thinking of getting a buff disc for my orbital sander. See if that can remove it. Thoughts?
 

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Michael.Livingston":jxq220c6 said:
It defiantly looks like some sort of metal underneath the pain that stripped away. It was silver anyway! I'm thinking of getting a buff disc for my orbital sander. See if that can remove it. Thoughts?
Possibly a thin aluminium cast. Defo not cast iron. That article that mentions the plate is plastic might be talking about the throat plate.

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It looks like it's aluminium. The British version anyway, the US version of the saw looks very different. Hoping a buff plate on a sander wont remove anymore paint!
 

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In the first post its called a DW 75. There is no DW 75 table saw.
If its a DW 745 site saw, then the top is cast alloy with a grey paint coating. i know because I have one.
 

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Lons":1y2swrx3 said:
Isopropyl ( rubbing alcohol ) will remove the wax and it's cheap especially if you dilute with water. Shouldn't normally remove paint. Great general cleaning around the workshop, I usually buy 1 ltre bottle which lasts a long time.
https://www.chemicals.co.uk/blog/uses-o ... yl-alcohol
Easily available, here's one link but I bought mine direct from a company website don't have details to hand.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/282426350945?c ... 1564281053
I buy 5ltrs at a time, it's much cheaper, then pass a couple on to get some of the cost back. Useful stuff. https://www.amazon.co.uk/LITRE-Pharmace ... 62&sr=8-13 10ltrs at a time is cheaper again.
Although if it's only paint on a saw table it'll wear through anyway, so you just as well take it off.
 
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