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Old 10-13-2016, 02:45 PM
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Jamie, if you do it outside, make sure the wind isn't blowing back at you. With eye, nose and mouth protection (you don't want to breath it in) you will be fine. If you get some on the grass, wash it down with the garden hose and it will be safe for the kids.

You'll be amazed at how much funk with simply rinse off after a few days. I've had a few skillets where the buildup was so thick it took two or three rounds of three days each. Be patient. Give the Easy-Off time to do the hard work for you. You can't leave it in there too long, so don't worry about leaving it in there an extra day or two if you feel it needs it.

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Old 10-15-2016, 09:59 PM
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Okay!! I finally got them sprayed today at long last! They are fairly clean pans all things considering, but I was still amazed to see brown goo rubbing off almost immediately as the pan was shifting around in the white trash bag. Wow. I'll check it in a couple days and let you know how it turns out!

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 10-20-2016, 09:11 AM
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OKay so I sprayed the pans on Saturday evening and didn't get back to them till this morning. A lot of gunk came off, but it's definitely all reddish brown tinged. Like it's all rust colored goo. Is that normal? I thought it would be black/brown?

Also, some spots still had gunk so I wiped away a lot of the rust gunk and resprayed. But one of the skillets, that was fairly clean and smooth (I thought) initially, really has a lot of discoloration now around the edges. like the edges are pale grey color and the rest of it is still black/grey/brown - what I associate with cast iron. Am I going to end up with a discolored skillet now unless I keep spraying till the whole thing is the pale grey color (which I believe is completely stripped iron color)?

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Old 10-20-2016, 09:17 AM
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As the cleaner softens the crud, it does have a dark brown color. Bare, clean cast iron is gray, so that's what you're shooting for. The dark color, which is carbonized/polymerized fat, will return when you season and use the pan, getting progressively blacker over time.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:16 AM
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Jamie,
If the pan has a lot of crud be sure to scrub it wire type brush or SS pad to remove what has been softened up. Then repeat if needed I lot of them do.

He is one I did awhile back that was brushed and scrubbed once and as you can see still had carbon. I sprayed it again and pictured here.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:22 AM
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Here's what you're looking for. Same skillet after second cleaning.
Still dripping a little water from rinse with water hose.
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:28 AM
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Oh man I really thought I'd be done with this after several days of soaking in the Easy Off. I also thought one can of it would work for my two skillets but I may need a second can now, and I may need a couple rounds of spraying to get them uniformly cleaned and stripped.

I don't have any wire brushes (unless an old grill brush would work okay), but I do have one of those SS dish scrubbies that I use on my SS pots and pans - will that or the old grill brush work? If not can you link to the type of brush that would be good? I'm headed to walmart soon so many I could get something there or on Amazon.

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Old 10-21-2016, 10:14 AM
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Jamie, I've used a old grill brush before and the SS pot pad would be fine. The ones I've done required some elbow grease ( scrubbing) and two I've had took 7-8 days with the oven cleaner total. Just give it time to work, I know it's hard when you really want to see what they look like done.

After you do the first ones you will have and idea of what may work better for you if you see something while out shopping.

Looking forward to seeing them when your done with them.

Steve,
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:54 AM
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Some grill brushes may be brass, and some may be too stiff to not scratch.

See also: http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php#finish
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:03 PM
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As I remove a piece from the bag I wipe it down best I can with paper towels which are left in the bag. (Separate a few first.) Then not much mess to go into the sink to rinse off. Wash & see if it needs more work. The bag gets rolled up with the gunk & towels and put in the trash.

Hilditch
That stuff can be quite caustic. It is a better practice to neutralize it so nobody down the line (garbage men, landfill workers) comes into contact with the lye. I have usually just changed out my refrigerator box of baking soda when I clean a batch of cast iron. I put the whole bag into the sink and sprinkle baking soda over the cast iron and rinse at the same time. This leaves just a wet plastic bag for the trash. Not a chemical burn hazard.
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