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Retinning Copper Cookware - Do It Yourself

alarash | Feb 20, 201206:04 PM

Among my unnecessarily-large-for-a-family-of-three batterie de cuisine, there are a half-dozen french copper pots that need re-tinning. Here in town, there's nobody who offers hand-wiped retinning.

I have been considering for some time re-tinning them myself, since it seems pretty easy, at least in theory. Several web sites have the steps written down, and I have put together a protocol which I have distilled from them.

There are a couple of videos briefly depicting parts of the process, but I would like to reach out to anyone who has experience, either as a hobbyist like me, or as a professional. It would be extremely helpful to speak by phone about each step of the process in order to avoid some common mistakes, do a relatively decent job from the beginning, and most importantly, to avoid hurting myself, others, and the environment.

So... are there any experienced hobbyists or professionals who wouldn't mind me taking up twenty minutes of their time on the phone to ask about the nitty-gritty of reviving some of my favorite pots?

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