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Posted: 4/19/2016 11:43:14 PM EDT
I have a few lodge skillets and two that belonged to my great grandmother that were passed to me by my grandmother before she died.

The lodge skillets are just fine but the finish is not smooth like the skillets of old. The lodge pans have the texture of the casting sand but mine are still slick.  Anyway, I wanted to see if smoothing the pan would make a difference so I got to work with the flap disc.

So I finished the pan and reseasoned it a couple of times.  Let it cool completely then set about to fry a couple eggs in butter.  They slid around the pan like they were on ice!  So I plan to do this to the rest of my lodge pans. My grandmothers pans are just perfect and no need to mess with them at all.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:47:34 PM EDT
Photos?
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:48:15 PM EDT
I tune up all my cast iron. Half an hour on each pan equals a lifetime of smiles.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 11:48:47 PM EDT
Didn't bother. Nothing that can't be searched online. The pan is mirror smooth and black as coal. Looks like it was painted with black laquer.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:31:24 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By zoominiroc:
I tune up all my cast iron. Half an hour on each pan equals a lifetime of smiles.
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I have to admit. I was really surprised. Though I have my pans pretty slick, never had eggs sliding around in them  either.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:16:04 AM EDT
Sounds like a successful experiment.  I hope you did your store bought skillets before you went after granny's. Just in case.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:19:22 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Chris_in_TX:
Sounds like a successful experiment.  I hope you did your store bought skillets before you went after granny's. Just in case.
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Didn't touch hers.  They are glass smooth already.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:20:25 PM EDT
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Yeah--photos of grandma needed.
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Originally Posted By rayman70:

Photos?


Yeah--photos of grandma needed.




 
Yup

Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:26:30 PM EDT
What grit?
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What grit?
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This.
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This.
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Originally Posted By WrenchBender:
What grit?


This.


80 grit and finished with 120 on a palm orbital sander.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:10:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/20/2016 4:11:16 PM EDT by bigshooter81]
Did this to two of my lodge cast iron pans.

Worked pretty well, there are some voids in the casting however that remain, overall it was a big improvement.

The wife was happy.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:18:48 PM EDT
I usually just wipe my pan with kosher salt, then wipe down with oil over low heat.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:21:49 PM EDT
They don't make 'em like they used to...got this one from my wife's grandmother...

Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:26:35 PM EDT
I've never bothered on my Lodge stuff. I don't really see the benefit of having it machined, other than maybe achieving non-stick properties a little quicker. That or looks (my Griswolds sure are purdy).
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:34:04 PM EDT
use and using flat metal spatulas have smoothed mine out tremendously with out having to take a grinder to them. Just use the MFers. people really go crazy over cast iron.
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