Speaking as someone who knows more about metal than wood ;) yes Minwax paste is commonly used to protect metal finishes. It acts as a moisture barrier (and possibly something of an oxygen barrier, but I can't find a citation for that). First Google search turned up this https://blog.minwax.com/02/18/wax-prevents-rust/ and I'm sure there's a ton more info out there. Good luck!
Thank you CJ and Mark.
The rust is just small light spots on the jointer table caused by me spilling some water but the bandsaw table has a very light rust coating all over the table (I just bought the bandsaw and the table is the only part that still needs refurbished).
I keep reading to use automobile wax as last step. Minwax appears to be for wood. CJ - Am I understanding this correctly that I put wood wax on the cast iron table as last step? Thanks for clarity.
I like CJ's suggestion. I saw a youtube video on cleaning rust from a plane and this woodworker dismantled a hand plane and put all of the components into a bucket of EvapoRust.The parts came out looking new minus what ever pitting you may have.
It may be worth a bit of research.
A friend of mine showed me how he maintained those types of surfaces and now that's how I do it as well. I don't have a recommendation for heavily rusted surfaces... maybe navel jelly?
For light rust spots and general maintenance, I use green scotch-brite pads with Autosol metal polish: https://www.amazon.com/Autosol-Polish-Alumium-Polishing-Clothes/dp/B0783BDHJ4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=autosol+metal+polish+liquid&qid=1641310862&sprefix=autosol%2Caps%2C112&sr=8-1
Once I'm done with that, I wipe it clean with paper towels then use some Minwax Paste Wax: https://www.amazon.com/Minwax-785004444-Finishing-1-Pound-Natural/dp/B000LNOZAW
If you're out in the Scappoose area feel free to swing by and I could show you as well.
Looking for advice or directions for correct methods for removing rust and cleaning up the cast iron tables on things like band saw, jointer, table saw, etc.
Also, how to maintain the table surface for future.
Product names, grits, specifics, etc would be appreciated.