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Old 08-15-2019, 07:34 PM
ErinL ErinL is offline
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Default Is This As Good As It Will Get? :)

This is the Griswold I've been working on with Easy Off.

It seems there's just a little bit of black on the bottom that just won't budge. I've got some vinegar on it now.

I think the back came out okay.

This is where I started:

This is for my use, I don't have an electrolysis tank right now. This is usable right? I can accept this and move on? I'm thinking once I season, it will all blend in.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:34 PM
GTurner GTurner is offline
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Default Re: Is This As Good As It Will Get? :)

You should be fine. What you see on the surface is probably or carbon by now. Easy Off won't get that off.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:03 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Is This As Good As It Will Get? :)

Vinegar works on rust and the black stains left where rust was once active. It won't do anything to carbon "warts". I would use a stainless steel Chore Boy on the carbon left on the cooking surface and proceed with seasoning after reducing it as much as you think you are able.
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:09 AM
ErinL ErinL is offline
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Default Re: Is This As Good As It Will Get? :)

Thank you both!

I will say - the lye bath is becoming more and more appealing. I have a few pieces - a wagner #8 and a few gem pans - the easy off seems to slide off the sides. Those are the hardest areas. I also have a corn bread skillet - I can see where just soaking it in a lye bath would get all areas easily.

Maybe this weekend I'll set one up in the basement. I have a drain down there for easy removal.
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