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Old 01-24-2019, 11:21 AM
Michael T Michael T is offline
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Default Removing Last Of Old Seasoning

I can't seem to get the remaining old seasoning off the inside of this skillet.

I've been heavy duty oven cleaner and I have the skillet clean except these.Stains maybe. The rags come out clean when wiping the easy off. This was my second attempt trying to remove it.

I've tried scrubbing the area with a stainless scouring pad.

Any suggestions?

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Old 01-24-2019, 11:31 AM
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Michael,

Are sure that isn't rust? If you don't have an etank, try soaking the pan in a 50/50 vinegar/water solution for 30 minutes.

Also, if you have not already done so, please check this out: http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php

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Old 01-24-2019, 01:18 PM
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can you 'feel' the discolored area or just see it? I usually spend quite a bit of time with varying grades of steel wool even after lye and electrolysis... usually I can get the iron to fairly consistent colors before I begin seasoning... but sometimes there are areas that stubbornly remain discolored...but usually it evens out a bit after being just heated up... or when you get that first coat of oil on.
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:06 PM
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Michael,

Are sure that isn't rust? If you don't have an etank, try soaking the pan in a 50/50 vinegar/water solution for 30 minutes.

Also, if you have not already done so, please check this out: http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php
Black rust? Ok, worth a try with the vinegar/water soak. I did the soak three separate times. Each time except the last some black stuff came off during scrubbing with the stainless pad. It does indeed look better. I still see some very light staining.

The reddish tint in the pics is from the overhead range hood lamp. It actually has a greenish tint to in in person.

https://imgur.com/a/e90Kqb5


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can you 'feel' the discolored area or just see it? I usually spend quite a bit of time with varying grades of steel wool even after lye and electrolysis... usually I can get the iron to fairly consistent colors before I begin seasoning... but sometimes there are areas that stubbornly remain discolored...but usually it evens out a bit after being just heated up... or when you get that first coat of oil on.
No, can't feel anything on it. The photos where taken during the heat drying time on the stove.

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EDIT:
The color is more gray than greenish. It looks slightly greenish in the sun but more gray under house lighting. I think it may be due to the iron formulation or too much WW2 military scrap in there!
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:29 PM
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Default Re: Removing Last Of Old Seasoning

Remember the trick of heating before any seasoning, to get it to darken. "What you may wish to do instead is, prior to applying any seasoning, heat the pan gradually to 450-500*F for an hour or so. This has been observed to darken the bare iron somewhat. You will, however, need to let it cool to a temp appropriate for your seasoning oil before continuing."
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:56 PM
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Remember the trick of heating before any seasoning, to get it to darken. "What you may wish to do instead is, prior to applying any seasoning, heat the pan gradually to 450-500*F for an hour or so. This has been observed to darken the bare iron somewhat. You will, however, need to let it cool to a temp appropriate for your seasoning oil before continuing."
http://www.castironcollector.com/seasoning.php
I'm doing that now. I'm pretty sure I'll be ready for seasoning by then.

Thank you all for your suggestions!
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