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Old 08-17-2015, 11:51 PM
Carey D Carey D is offline
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Default cleaning, restoring or rescuing cast iron waffle iron

Love the challenge and the way they look when I'm done, but it's sure one heck of a commitment. Don't you agree?
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:13 AM
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The right tools can make a world of difference. Learn on.

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Old 08-18-2015, 10:28 AM
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The best advice I can give about cleaning a waffle iron is to be patient. Let the the lye do the work. I won't even start to clean one unless it has been in the tank for at least a week. After a week of soaking a scrub brush will usually remove all the crud. If it has rust after cleaning the crud, then I have to be patient again while the vinegar does its work. I do like the way they clean up. It is a rewarding feeling to take an iron that has been neglected for years and make it a shiny, like new, functional piece.
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:22 PM
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I agree these are a real pain. This one took three weeks in the lye bath (with weekly scrubbings), interlaced with two 30 minute vinegar bath/ scrubbing sessions. Finally got clean, bare, grey iron.

After that I discovered the pleasure of wiping off excess crisco from the interior of hot irons (which I found to be brutally time consuming).

Finally done, though. The after pics are post initial seasoning. Last night I didn't think it was worth the effort. Feeling a little better this morning.

Before pics:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139658.../shares/7te765

After pics:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139658.../shares/K716LN
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:36 PM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Mike, good job on removing all the black. Now....... this is an example of how you want it to look when it is well seasoned. For the record, in real life the base is shiny black too. Good luck becoming friends with it now.



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Old 02-14-2016, 04:13 PM
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One thing you all may try if you have the space and the tool is to use a high pressure (pressure washer) immediately after removing from the lye bath. I now use this method and it saves on elbow grease and some frustration. Should it not all come off then back to the lye and do it all over again.
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:59 PM
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Here are two that I posted here on the forum. A a commitment as you stated, but well rewarded in the end.

http://www.castironcollector.com/for...ead.php?t=2027
I also restored a Griswold #8 American Waffle Iron, but can not find the post??

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Old 02-14-2016, 10:09 PM
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Jeffrey,
What finish do you have on your base?
I have 3 to re-finish. Japanning seems to have been applied to all of mine.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:14 PM
Jeffrey R. Jeffrey R. is offline
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Jeffrey,
What finish do you have on your base?
I have 3 to re-finish. Japanning seems to have been applied to all of mine.
High Heat Gloss Black, On the Griswold base. On the Wagner one I just seasoned it.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:31 PM
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High Heat Gloss Black, On the Griswold base. On the Wagner one I just seasoned it.
I was thinking about painting one of my bases. what type/brand did you use. krylon engine paint gloss black with ceramic temperatures up to 500 Degrees
krylon grill paint is flat black but will handle temperatures up to 1200 F intermittently; 600 F continuously
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