Originally Posted by James Rogers
What a beautiful day today. Here is a site if you want to know how to get you dutch Ovens back to bare metal. This is not my idea just one I found on the Forum. Try it if you want or throw it away.
Rust Removal using Electrolysis
Also I start work at the Lodge Outlet store on Monday. This should be fun. I get to talk to a lot of Dutch Oven cooks and learn a little more about all of the Dutch Ovens that Lodge make. come down and visit with me.
The next big rally will be the Can Opener in January in Florida. Need details give me a shout.
I have a much better way and a whole lot less dangerous because you dont have to deal with electricity, unless you have a problem using a drill.
This is what my father did and he was a welder who knows metal as a welder and has fixed just about every kind of metal known.
I have also used this method over the years and it works very well.
This is best done on a hot sunny day.
All it takes is;
round wire brush disk wheel that fits the drill with a long shank,
small hand wire brush.
Use the drill wire brush and clean the pan inside, try to follow groves.
Wash with non abrasive brush/pad & dishsoap-
NOTE ((Do not use SOS pads yet, they leave soap in the metal groves and hides the rust.))
dry completely let set in direct sun for 1 hour to dry groves. (Pans do have groves)
Use a magafying glass and check for any rust residual
If any rust residual is found use hand wire brush to get those small spots.
Wash & Dry again
Once Dry- If no rust is found, look for any cracks in the metal, if there is any I trash them at this point.
Now wash throughly with the SOS and then 2 times with dishsoap.
Dry & sun dry.
Once you have completed the inside then if you wish you can clean the outside this way as well, but,, I would strongly suggest that you not with the exception of SOS, because as you fire the pan it will generally get rid of the rust.
Place pan on a direct flame and season as recomended by Lodge. Seasoning process must be at least 3 times in a row to build up.
NOTE: you must complete the wire brush cleaning and get the first oil seasoning done to prevent rusting again.
NOTE: If any cracks are found in the metal it is better and less costly to discard and replace. Welding the crack changes the metal and the heat temperment, it can be done but the results are usually less than favorable. Like I said my father was a welder for 50 years and had everyone consult him on metal repairs because of his knowledge of being able to repair metal beyond and better than most and even he found that repairing moms pans was alot easier to sneak out and get new ones.
NOTE: if 3 seasonings do not do the trick do it again until desired results are obtained.