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Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« on: November 02, 2018, 07:00 AM »
My workshop at the moment is less than idea with some damp issues which I need to rectify. But in the mean time I have mould developing on my MDF mft tops. What is best for protecting the tops for moisture while maintaining the clearances of the holes

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Re: Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2018, 09:18 AM »
I've tested and compared 3 or 4 different products and stumbled onto Howard's Feed-N-Wax at my local ACE Hardware store.  Tried it and it's now the only thing I use.  Cheap, easy, and wipes on and off without any residue.  I live in a dry area, so don't have to worry about dampness or mold, but I'm thinking this would seal up your tops and take care of your problem.  Good luck. 

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Re: Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2018, 09:21 AM »
I'm with Tracktubeguy, I also use Howards and think it's great and also easily touched up.

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Re: Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2018, 12:22 PM »
I think any oil or wax would help. A step up would be penetrating epoxy. It'll also make MDF harder and more wear resistant.

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Re: Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2018, 07:49 PM »
Be sure to get rid of any existing mold first (like with bleach), let the tops dry well, then give them a good coat of Butchers Bowling Alley Wax making sure that you get it into the inside of all the 20mm holes to seal them up, too. 
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Re: Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2018, 10:54 PM »
I think any oil or wax would help. A step up would be penetrating epoxy. It'll also make MDF harder and more wear resistant.

Be aware that some oils such as linseed promote mold, so if using this or a product based on linseed oil, ensure either you or the supplier have added mold inhibitor.

Personally I would use burnishing oil/FESTOOL Oil and wax, or just wax.
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Re: Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2018, 09:35 AM »
Smiths penetrating epoxy is another good option.


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Re: Protecting my MFT3 tops (Mould issues)
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2018, 05:14 PM »
I would use a dehumidifier.

Personally I would be worrying more about my other tools rusting as they are far more expensive than a couple of $100 MFT tops.