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    I was not sure if I should post this here or under the restoration section.
    So for now, it is here.

    I have obtained a very old and fairly badly surface rusted (maybe even slightly pitted) large pan with a long (same metal) handle which I was thinking of restoring and using on the braai for lekker camp breakfasts at get together s or whatever.
    It was about to be dumped in the trash and I decided in my infinite wisdom to "rescue it".

    It looks as though it may be just mild steel (hard to tell with the rust) but I doubt that anything else would have rusted like that.
    No holes and structurally sound.
    It is not cast iron.

    1. Is it worth doing anything with? Or just an ornamental item for the kitchen at home?
    2. If practical to restore, then what would I clean it up with apart from some serious sand paper or wire brush or similar work, or maybe some rust removal nasty stuff?
    3. How would I re-seal the metal assuming that it turns out to be not too badly or not at all pitted?
    4. What could I coat or treat it with to prevent future deterioration but still be able to stand the heat of cooking over braai coals or gas?
    5. Having done that would it be safe to cook FOOD in it ?!!!!!!

    Anyone with this kind of knowledge or experience?
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    Norton Rapid disks might be the solution. Get the type that attaches to a drill. With the finest grain disk you will get a mirror polish.

    https://youtu.be/5ISQolS2GMA

    You also want to prime the metal properly with cooking oil.
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    Adding pic.
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    It doesn't look too bad. I rescued a much worse-looking skillet last weekend. Just used steelwool and primed it properly with oil.

    It looks quite good now.
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    That skittle can be restored to "as new" condition, with very little effort, by removing the rust by electrolysis.

    Google search is your friend.

    Good example here:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rust...4b_j9kM:&isa=y
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    That skittle can be restored to "as new" condition, with very little effort, by removing the rust by electrolysis.

    Google search is your friend.

    Good example here:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rust...4b_j9kM:&isa=y
    Well, yes, thanks for that.
    Have a look at this UTube video.

    I will try it but my charger puts out 12 amp only - would that be OK?
    I am an idiot when it comes to electricity so ....
    I even do have length of re-bar so itching to try it!!

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    This was my setup cleaning up an old rusted shifting. It is somewhere there in the solution.

    That is a 3A charger.

    Bicarbonate of Soda in the water to increase the conductivity. Don't use salt - it gives off a toxic gas.

    I used those two pieces of tubing as the sacrificial steel electrode. I understand it is better to have a larger surface area electrode - It result in a higher current flow....I may be wrong.

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    I would soak in spirit vinegar and clean it with fine steel wool and or a
    brass brush or fine bristled steel brush ... will need a few cycles ...
    then re-assess its condition and value to you ...
    ... you could have it electroplated ... depending on the cost or your contacts or DIY skills !

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    Ive seen a case where someone cut a slit into end of steel bar (‘drill’ rod) and inserted folded grinding paper into it ... then put bar into chuck of variable speed drill to enable motorised derusting/dressing as required ...
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    The advantage of electrolysis vs mechanical means are threefold.
    It takes very little effort.
    It works while you do something else.
    It gets into all the nooks and crannies.
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    http://www.controlledsurfacetreatments.co.za/

    They do amazing stuff. Don't bother doing anything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushNomad View Post
    I would soak in spirit vinegar and clean it with fine steel wool and or a
    brass brush or fine bristled steel brush ... will need a few cycles ...
    then re-assess its condition and value to you ...
    ... you could have it electroplated ... depending on the cost or your contacts or DIY skills !

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    Ive seen a case where someone cut a slit into end of steel bar (‘drill’ rod) and inserted folded grinding paper into it ... then put bar into chuck of variable speed drill to enable motorised derusting/dressing as required ...
    There's an idea Chas, maybe a small wire brush that fits on to a normal hand power drill would do it - but messy.
    Maybe I will try that before the electickery stuff anyway and see what develops.
    I guess it wont do any harm anyway to try that first.
    Does the spirit vinegar act as an acid "eating away" the rust?
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    Just a tip.

    No wire brush or steel wool.

    Brass or copper only.

    Wire and steel wool break off and stick to the pan, they then rust in tiny spots for ever.

    Hard lesson learned from a life at sea.

    Looks like that will clean up 100%, lots of oil and baking in oven upside down will make it non stick and slippery smooth.

    Loads of google search results if you search rusting cast iron pan / how to season a pan etc.

    Good luck.
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    Peter, as mentioned in the "IT are time" thread I'm in your valley on Wednesday, I can collect your pan and sort it out for you. If you want.
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    treat it with dioxedene let it dry. Poliosh it with a steel brush on your grinder. Coat with linseed oil and heat it several times till you have a layer

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    I dont like oiling mild steel or cast iron as it invariable goes sticky. Wrap in oil paper like motor parts are wrapped in. Alternatively, use that bad boy often and it wont have time to rust
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I dont like oiling mild steel or cast iron as it invariable goes sticky. Wrap in oil paper like motor parts are wrapped in. Alternatively, use that bad boy often and it wont have time to rust
    The first time I ever used a skillet on top of open coals I made a very silly mistake. I pre-warmed the skillet until it was ready to melt and then I poured oil in. The oil instantaneously turned into the stickiest substance known to man. Needless to say that I only started preparing food an hour later, it was a real pain to get the burnt oil off.
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    ok,
    Mine was rusted etc etc and i took it to be teflon/nonstick coated.

    BEST THING EVER.

    Now it the ONLY thing we cook on.

    check Post post 10 - they did mine. I had them do ALL my house pots and pans and poitjie pot. The do inside and out - so easy to clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Peter, as mentioned in the "IT are time" thread I'm in your valley on Wednesday, I can collect your pan and sort it out for you. If you want.
    Thanks Riaan it would in any case be great to see you again.my address to you.
    You're welcome to a cup of coffee or whatever.

    I have cleaned the worst rust off it already but battling with the residue.
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    Pete, you dont have to get rid of all of the rust, its a mineral supplement Your beard will thank you for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Pete, you dont have to get rid of all of the rust, its a mineral supplement Your beard will thank you for it
    OT: But my beard may go red.
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