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Old 10-19-2021, 03:10 PM
K_Leonard K_Leonard is offline
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Default First Cast Aluminum Cleaning - Waffle Iron

I was asked by someone to clean and restore a Wagner Sidney -o- 828 waffle iron. I've cleaned cast iron plenty of times but haven't tackled a cast aluminum piece yet. I've read the site's directions on how best to handle cast aluminum and plan to follow it closely. Any other suggestions other than boil water method and oven cleaning cycle?

It appears somebody attempted to scrape off the residue (see pics) and may have scratched the aluminum. I'm hoping once I clean both pieces that I'll be able to polish the scratches out. I've viewed some pics of a few waffle irons that were restored and they look beautiful. Hoping this one turns out well!

Luckily the wooden handles unscrewed easily and I've got those put away while the restoration project is on-going. I'll handle those last. I assume that's brass at the end of the wooden handle and it too can be cleaned up.
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Old 10-19-2021, 03:12 PM
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A few more pics...water is almost boiling so time to get to work.
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Old 10-19-2021, 03:25 PM
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The bad part is that where the apparent scraping was done is not where the paddles would have been polished. Typically, just the outer rims, the handle attachments and the tops of the rings would be all that could practically be shined up to a mirror level luster, although it's not clear Wagner went that far. Do a search on Wagner aluminum waffle irons to see if any can be found in good enough shape to confirm. You may still be able to minimize the appearance of the scraping on those areas, though.
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Old 10-20-2021, 02:31 PM
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Thanks Doug. The paddles are cleaning up nicely and I used 0000 steel wool brushing in a circular motion to reduce the scratches. I've got the base in my electrolysis tank and will clean it up later today. About to clean the wooden handles and brass. I've searched the site for seasoning cast aluminum paddles but cannot find anything about it. Do we do nothing or maybe a light oil coat and low temperature?
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Old 10-20-2021, 02:59 PM
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I'd say, as with aluminum cookware, you just use them. Cooking spray or brushed with butter/oil. Letting a patina build up (or not) is up to individual choice.
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Old 10-21-2021, 11:43 AM
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Does anyone have an opinion on what's best for the wood handles? I've cleaned them up but am thinking of applying a light stain to really get them looking nice. Is that a bad idea? Do collectors frown upon that?
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Old 10-21-2021, 02:58 PM
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I usually just do tung oil on wooden handles... it looks nice on natural wood, it somewhat protects them, you can make it as glossy as you want by just adding more coats... and it was probably one of the methods used originally.
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Old 10-25-2021, 11:33 AM
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Thought I'd post some pics of the waffle iron after I cleaned it all up. Boy, what a nice piece this was. Restoring a quality piece sure feels good. And I'm thankful for this website and timely feedback we all receive when we ask questions.
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Old 10-25-2021, 11:36 AM
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A few more pics...
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Old 10-25-2021, 06:04 PM
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Great job! Are you going to try it out before returning it?!
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