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Thread: Cleaning up an aluminum TS table

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Upland CA

    Cleaning up an aluminum TS table

    I bought a ShopSmith a while back, thinking I would play with it a while then give it to my son. Turns out he didn't want it, so I will be selling it soon.

    It is in great shape, but the aluminum tables are not as smooth as I would like.

    I don't quite know how best to clean them up. Can I lightly sand them? Do they have a finish of some sort on them? They don't need much, I just want them smoother.
    Rick Potter

    DIY journeyman,
    FWW wannabe.
    AKA Village Idiot.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    I see no reason why you cannot lightly sand them to freshen them up. Use the finest abrasive you can that does the job.

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  3. #3
    I would start with a green scotchbrite+ WD-40 or some light cutting oil under a ROS. Easy to get carried away with sandpaper on aluminum.

    Felder USA Territory Representative: Central & South Texas

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    New Westminster BC
    I wonder if the surface is anodized and how that affects the best way to clean it?

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