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    Have a bunch of rusted cast iron skillets. Not to bad but sand paper isn't going to get it. I have a small sand blaster and was wondering if blasting will hurt the cast. Any ideas?.
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  • #2
    Don't know about sand blasting, but white vinegar works well for removing rust and I've used a product called Evapo-Rust. It's non-toxic and rinses away with water. I think I'd try a less invasive process first.
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    • #3
      Sand blasting cast iron won't hurt the iron very much as long as the iron is as usual fairly thick and you don't hold the nozzle in one place . A brush blast will do it. Alternatively, wire brushes work well.
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      • #4
        i've heard that walnut shells are less abrasive than sand for blasting. not sure if that would work or not though. when mine rust, I just soak them in dawn and water for a while then use a wire brush, but that's for mild to medium rust

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        • #5
          I have and use a lot of cast iron cookware. I wouldn't use a sandblast because it will make the surface rough and maybe/probably cause the skillet to loose it's non-stick characteristics.

          I've rescued a half dozen Dutch ovens over the years plus assorted bread stick pans and skillets. The really bad ones I start by burning out, then washing, followed by a wire brush attachment on a welder's grinder. Finish with more washing, with soap, then boil it out. Dry and oil, then season like Lodge recommends. Best to fry some spuds in it for it's maiden voyage.

          http://www.lodgemfg.com/use-and-care...sh-your-finish
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          • #6
            Originally posted by olyeller View Post
            I have and use a lot of cast iron cookware. I wouldn't use a sandblast because it will make the surface rough and maybe/probably cause the skillet to loose it's non-stick characteristics.

            I've rescued a half dozen Dutch ovens over the years plus assorted bread stick pans and skillets. The really bad ones I start by burning out, then washing, followed by a wire brush attachment on a welder's grinder. Finish with more washing, with soap, then boil it out. Dry and oil, then season like Lodge recommends. Best to fry some spuds in it for it's maiden voyage.

            http://www.lodgemfg.com/use-and-care...sh-your-finish
            It is possible to coarsen the finish with a coarse blast, grit size matters. And yes, walnut hulls are a good medium.. However, no matter what you do about rust, re-seasoning WILL be needed to restore anything approaching non-stick. But OlY ain't too far off with his means and methods.
            -Remote locations are cheap insurance.
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            • #7
              Maybe of some help, half dozen ways, along with some don't. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=O6bFWVB2BRY

              Safer and slower method.
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              • #8
                I have used muratic acid, but the best results was using a bed of hot coals and cover it up. Comes out looking new.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wheezengeezer View Post
                  I have used muratic acid, but the best results was using a bed of hot coals and cover it up. Comes out looking new.
                  What he said, then wire brush out, wash, dry, season.
                  It's not that Democrats are so damned ignorant. Their problem is that everything they know is wrong.

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                  • #10
                    Wife inherited about 800+ lbs of dutch ovens and every size skillet + PIE shaped partitioned cornbread pans.....all from a WV barn, over 75 years old....very greasy, rusty, dirty......some too large.....very old Maple rendering kettles I swear hold 20~30 gallons

                    She culled out the ones she wanted in her pantry and set me to refurbing......

                    I blasted with play sand (yes I know)
                    fired up my propane BBQ....fat bacon rub.....fat back chunks in the cast....stacked as many as would fit and burned the hell out of them
                    deliberately made a smoking black mess......
                    shut...cool....wipe...rub fat one more time, lightly.......bake for several hours......cool wipe down........nice n black....slick.....clean........wife very happy

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                    • #11
                      Fredvon4 Nice! Cast iron Nirvana. I bet she is thrilled. One of the kettles would make a hell of a fish fryer.
                      It's not that Democrats are so damned ignorant. Their problem is that everything they know is wrong.

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                      He who knows not and knows he knows not, is wise.

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                      • #12
                        unfortunately.....most of the serious weight went to the recycler in Weirton WV...pity too as not one of her very large family was interested in a small family fortune of cast...well cast...IRON...most foundried right there in Mingo Junction or Weirton Steele

                        we were there with a Legacy SuBaru station wagon....we got all she could want and carry.......In retrospect, I should have trailered/sled a LOT to the back forty of the farm and set it under a big tree to get later in life.... oh well..... I am sure some of the big kettles are no longer made

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                        • #13
                          I am sure some of the big kettles are no longer made
                          That's a fact Jack. I wanna cry.....
                          It's not that Democrats are so damned ignorant. Their problem is that everything they know is wrong.

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                          He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool.
                          He who knows not and knows he knows not, is wise.

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                          • #14
                            Appreciate the info guys. Now just get far enough ahead in my yard work.
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                            • #15
                              As Geezer said, muriatic acid works well. Years ago a friend and I found a number of old skillets and dutch ovens around some old gold mines in the mountains of Montana. Took them home and that's how we cleaned them up. Still using them after nearly 50 years.
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