Best procedure to remove small rust spots and keep them from forming?

gman10259

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Looking for suggestions to clean up and keep rust spots from forming on lathe ways. Have plenty of lathe way oil on them but still noticed some spotting.

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NortonDommi

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Scotchbrite polishing pad with oil, wipe clean and re-oil. Just have to ask, are you going to use it or polish it? : )
 

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0000 steel wool and Johnson’s paste wax works well. CRC is better at preventing rust, but the wax is decent.
 

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By spotting do you mean pitting?
Normal use and lubrication should prevent any surface rust from forming on the ways. If there are rust pits I would ignore them as opposed to trying to buff them out. Just keep them wet with oil.
 

Dave Paine

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I keep Autosol in the shop to clean up rust spots on my cast metal surfaces. I do not get rust on the metal lathe ways, but can get rust on the wood lathe from turning wet wood. Also can get rust spots on other surfaces due to my perspiration.

A tiny amount of Autosol and paper towel removes the rust fast.

Autosol metal polish
 
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