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Old 09-29-2015, 03:46 PM
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Well just got home from work, threw the muffin pan into the oven at 450 for an hour. We will see what happens.........
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:40 PM
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Well the pan on the left is unseasoned, the one on the right is the one I've been working on. It was in the oven at 450 for one hour. Thoughts??

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Old 09-29-2015, 06:54 PM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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It is hard to believe they were originally coated with just canola. I'm leaning toward what Dan feared. "I suppose there is a slight possibility that somebody lacquered or varnished it, god forbid." I'd strip both and start again after trying lacquer thinner and paint remover on the untouched one. It appears the crisco you added turned dark but he undercoat stayed brown.

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Old 09-29-2015, 07:29 PM
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Well the pan on the left is unseasoned, the one on the right is the one I've been working on. It was in the oven at 450 for one hour. Thoughts??
What is it you find amiss with the color? I think that's what needs to be clarified.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:59 PM
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Do you think that the oven cleaner would do the trick?

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What is it you find amiss with the color? I think that's what needs to be clarified.

Well, these were my first two pieces of older cast iron and so I'm trying to clean them up right. I using to my cast iron already have the dark black sheen, not brown and certainly not grey.

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And just a thought, if someone had put varnish or a lacquer on them, would you not smell the fumes during baking??? I'm pretty hesitant to do the other gem pan yet.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:05 PM
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As I noted earlier, clean bare iron is gray. Baking on layers of oil manually typically results in a bronze caste that darkens over time with repeated usage. Artificial darkening can be achieved by temps high enough to carbonize components in the oil or organic residues from cooking. 350 or 450F usually isn't hot enough to do that with just manually applied oil, even if you do multiple coats. 500-550 is more like what you need. But remember the color needn't really be your goal if you're going to be using it; it will come with time. I personally never waste time, electricity, or oil just in the name of cosmetic appearance.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:17 PM
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And as you can see, the other pan is gray, the one on the left.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:26 PM
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The left one has tags like it's new and unused. If that's the case, that color is also not unusual, even if it has some kind of factory pre-seasoning on it.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:34 PM
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And that's exactly how the one on the right was until I started seasoning it.

Thank you for all your help guys. I do appreciate it.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:37 PM
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And that's exactly how the one on the right was until I started seasoning it.

Thank you for all your help guys. I do appreciate it.
As others have pointed out, there really is nothing *wrong* with it. I have a couple of pans that have that same dark bronze color, and they cook just fine. May be the exact composition of the iron, may be a bit of flash rust that I failed to clean off on the first seasoning, may be that I didn't get it hot enough when seasoning.

I seriously doubt that anybody lacquered them... that was just a thought, and a remote possibility. Yeah, I would think that it would smell, maybe even blister under the heat... but that's just my guess.
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