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Old 03-06-2020, 09:37 PM
BMyers BMyers is offline
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Default Erie 2nd Series #9 Star Makers Mark Restoration

Hi,

I'm a newbie to vintage. This is my first and only pan and I plan to use it daily. It was found in a barn and hasn't been restored. I've read all I can find on restoring and seasoning and before I give it a go, I'm posting some pics and asking for recommendations.

I'm concerned about the outside bottom. I want to restore the pan while preserving the the lettering and star symbol. They seem to be in good shape. Would a 2" wire brush cup damage or reduce the legibility? Would 0000 steel wool and elbow grease suffice?

My restoration plan is the oven clean cycle and then a 50/50 vinegar water bath. I'm just unsure if I should wire brush the bottom. I assume the inside would be ok.

Having trouble with the pics. Hopefully this link works.

http://imgur.com/gallery/H1qFdwq
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Old 03-06-2020, 11:55 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Erie 2nd Series #9 Star Makers Mark Restoration

Do. Not. Use. Power. Tools. On. That. Pan.

Do. Not. Put. It. In. A. SCO.

Start here, but read the entire page: http://www.castironcollector.com/cleaning.php#caveats
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Old 03-07-2020, 08:02 AM
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Default Re: Erie 2nd Series #9 Star Makers Mark Restoration

You have found yourself a gorgeous pan that looks to be in great shape. Do listen to Doug's advice and you will have something you will proud of for years.
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Old 03-07-2020, 09:35 AM
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Default Re: Erie 2nd Series #9 Star Makers Mark Restoration

BMyers
your pan is not very heavily gunked up and should clean up fairly easily using simple methods. Using power tools on a skillet can cause damage that is not reversible as well as possibly lowering resale value should you decide to one day sell it. Self cleaning ovens can warp and crack cast iron especially older thinner pans such as yours. If you scroll to the top of the link Doug provided you will see several methods that will clean your item without damaging it, I would try the oven cleaner method for a single pan in that condition.
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Old 03-07-2020, 10:26 AM
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Default Re: Erie 2nd Series #9 Star Makers Mark Restoration

I just got back from the store with everything needed to follow the recommendations in the restoration and seasoning articles linked by Doug.

Thank you Doug and everyone for saving this pan from the not so great advice I read on the internet and watched on YouTube.
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Old 03-07-2020, 01:09 PM
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Default Re: Erie 2nd Series #9 Star Makers Mark Restoration

Yes some of the YouTube stuff is more than a little odd.......
You pan looks very nice right now but with a good cleaning and some seasoning it will a great pan.

After a good seasoning I agree with a lot of people that cooking Bacon or Hamburger helps a lot.
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Old 03-07-2020, 09:32 AM
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Default Re: Erie 2nd Series #9 Star Makers Mark Restoration

Please don't destroy that pan! Follow the instructions on this site that Doug is showing you!

You have a great piece of history.
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