My jointer tables are not stainless material, so they develop rusty spots. I already removed most of it using a rust-removing liquid product, but there are still some die-hard remnants.

Would it be OK to remove this rust with very fine sandpaper? An orbital sander even?

I want to prevent this thing from happening in the future. I am considering either:

  1. hydrodesulfurized kerosene (the single ingredient on a self-proclaimed jointer table lubricant)
  2. rustproof artificial resin-based paint
  3. rustproof lacquer

The problem with the 1. is that the surface must be rust-free before application. The problem with 2. and 3. is that they are not transparent (brown and black).

Would any of these surface treatments offset the (possible) sins I would commit by sanding the tables?

  • Yes. We already have an Answer that covers this (and likely more than one about what to do to prevent a recurrence — any of the tool-care Answers is likely to cover good options for keeping rust at bay.
    – Graphus
    Feb 27, 2022 at 19:36
  • There's also this related one with a link at the bottom should you wish to make your own paste wax for upkeep and lubrication.
    – Graphus
    Feb 27, 2022 at 19:43
  • @Graphus yes, thank you! Feb 27, 2022 at 19:46