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Old 04-03-2008, 05:04 PM   #1
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Another CI question

I have a CI cornstick pan I got at a yard sale. Needless to say it is not in the best of shape, when I started cleaning it there is rust in it which I can not remove with a wire brush. I knew it would need seasoning which is why I used the wire brush. My question is how do I remove the rust? This is what it looks like, I only tried to clean the one on the right. Thanks for any help JD

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Old 04-03-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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Is my eyes playing tricks on me or is the picture .....the bottom of the pan???
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:13 PM   #3
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No, it's not the bottom, but if you click on it it will get bigger.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:24 PM   #4
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My eyes are playing tricks....Obviously on the extreme right cell you will need to continue down to bare metal...From the photo (enlarged) I don't see a lot of rust...maybe a good cleaning with a brillo pad...and go through the seasoning process a couple of times. There are commercial CI cleaning products on the market if you deem them necessary...However I would start with the least invasive method possible first.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:29 PM   #5
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Have you tried a power wire brush?
I cleaned up a DO that was in a lot worse shape than that. I used a braided wire wheel on a 4-1/2" grinder. Or if you only have a drill, they make wire brushes that will fit in the chuck that aren't as stiff, but would still work better than doing it by hand.... well, at least it would be easier.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:42 PM   #6
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Thanks Uncle Bob and pacanis, I will try the brillo and if that doesnt work I will resort to the wire wheel on my drill. I knew I could get a straight answer here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:49 PM   #7
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You are welcome! First time you use it after re-seasoing...spray with a pan spray. It will help the "sticks" release from the pan...

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Old 04-03-2008, 06:59 PM   #8
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Thanks, I have been wanting one of these pans for a long time. I thought about buying a new one but that would not be the same as having an older one.
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I have not tried this so please don't laugh, but I have heard good ole Classic Coke will fizz it away to where you can properly clean and re-season. Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:56 PM   #10
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On something like a cornstick pan I would try Electrolysis. It would more than likely remove everything but the base metal. I don't think hydrogen embrittlement or surface effect would be an issue.
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