Silly pan looks better after washing with an SOS pad, hot water, and dish soap than after soaking in vinegar. To strip seasoning first I scrubbed thoroughly with sos pad etc, then I soaked in vinegar for 30 minutes. Picture one after scrubbing and picture 2 after soaking. The first looks more silvery. I did elbow grease a paper towel with water after the vinegar until there was no reside left on the towel not sure if that botched the job. Anybody care to weigh in? Did I do a good enough job? I'll stop bothering you guys after this I bought How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman! Thanks.