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Old 10-31-2018, 06:04 PM
Ed Grabski Ed Grabski is offline
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I would scrape what you can while wearing gloves and safety glass's
Then put it back in the Lye.

I try to get as much off with the Lye so when I go to the Electrolysis it keeps the solution cleaner and you can use it for more pieces before you have to replace it.
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:07 PM
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Thanks Ed that's makes sense! I just wanted to ask people that have more knowledge than myself lol...

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Old 10-31-2018, 06:10 PM
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Refer to the link below before doing any scraping.

http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php#finish
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:13 PM
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Refer to the link below before doing any scraping.

http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php#finish
Ok Re-Reading it...
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:02 PM
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Refer to the link below before doing any scraping.

http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php#finish
Great Information!!
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:31 AM
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sometimes the bottom layers of 'seasoning' / gunk... are mostly carbonized... and don't really react with the lye... if they stick up above the surface they will often come off with 'pressure'... not necessarily scraping... just poking it with something will cause it to either crumble or pop off... if it doesn't stick up above the surface and looks more like a stain in the iron... I've had some success with just spraying those spots with easy off and letting it sit a while... possibly scrubbing with a small wire brush to make sure the lye gets in those spots really well... eventually it seems to go away.
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:42 PM
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Thanks! I have a question about the Electrolysis process. I have a pan in there now and the gauge on the charger that goes from 0 to 12 and was at about 6 when I first started and is now down to 1. Is that a sign that its about as clean as it will get?

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Old 11-01-2018, 06:54 PM
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It's a sign that the connection is degraded.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:29 PM
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It's a sign that the connection is degraded.
It's still has lots and lots of bubbles coming off of it?

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It's a sign that the connection is degraded.
Well I was just reading the Electrolysis article and it said this

"You'll know you have good current flowing when you see a mist of fine bubbles forming around the piece and your charger's amp meter reads towards the upper end of its scale"

If the connection is degraded what part is degraded? Could it be the green stuff thats building up on the anode?
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:33 PM
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yes... as the crud builds up on the sacrificial anode, the performance will decrease... using graphite helps with this.. .as nothing builds up on the graphite. Also watch for heat on you cables and connections... heat can be a sign of a poor connection... which can also degrade the performance.
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