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Best way to remove a non-stick from carbon steel?


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Best way to remove a non-stick from carbon steel?

Ronbo36 | Aug 21, 2012 12:13 AM

I picked up a small carbon steel wok the other day that I really like, even though it had a Teflon non-stick coating on the inside. I thought I would just remove the non-stick surface when I figured out the best way to do so.

I used it about three times so far, just for small things...and in the process some of non-stick on the bottom surface is already chipping off by itself...I guess from just from the heat used?

I read that Easy-Off oven cleaner would easily remove the Teflon, so tried that tonight using the Heavy Duty Easy-Off spray. But after an hour of soaking in the spray it did not seem to have any effect on the non-stick surface.

My other options seem to be:

1. Get it really hot on my 12,000BTU wok stove, and see if the heat will cause it to peal off.
2. Use sand paper, and steel wool.
3. Try my electric drill with a steel wire brush wheel.

I was under the impression that it would not take much abuse to cause the non-stick to come off, but it seems to a little more resistant to removal than I anticipated. Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated.


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