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Old 12-31-2014, 07:06 AM
JeanC JeanC is offline
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Default lye bath question

How do you know its time to dump it? Mine is two years old now. I've added lye a few times now.

I hadn't cleaned a thing for a year. A friend asked me to clean a really bad chicken pan with lid. Worse one I've seen yet. Rusty pitted mess. Anyway...

It was a little like Christmas pulling stuff out these past two days. It was all pretty rusty.

I don't remember what my pieces looked like before I put them in but....I'm pretty sure they weren't as rusty as they came out.

Is this a sign I need to dump her? I've got some nice pieces I want to put in there and am a little afraid to. Dumping her makes my skin crawl. you know...its a well used tub and pretty oily.

Sigh...I think I answered my own question. Shoot....tell me I'm wrong and they last for years and years and

OK..I need more coffee.

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So sorry..

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Old 12-31-2014, 09:57 AM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: lye bath question

Lye has no effect on rust, only on crud. Left submerged in a lye solution of proper strength, pieces should not rust, and one would assume a rusty pan should not become more rusty. While a lye tank can be maintained for quite a long time just adding more water, and lye when it seems to have weakened, there comes a time when starting over fresh is probably necessary.
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