Touch-up paint for enameled cast iron cookware?
I have several pieces of enameled cast iron cookware, which I love, but have noticed some small chips in the enamel. They're not the higher priced Le Creuset and don't have the warranty. Does anyone know of anywhere to purchase touch-up paint, or is it even possible?
I don't think this is sopmething you can do - especially with touch up paint applied to the inside where food contacts it. Certainly not on any area that may contact flame.
Have you contacted Le Creuset? Good luck, but I'm inclined to think that nothing short of re-enameling would do the trick...
If it's on the outside, you might try a small kit of glass paints that are "fired" in the oven to set them. Some are food safe, and meant for glassware so they might even work inside. Best to check. It would have enough colors to mix so you can match the enamel. I'm not sure how long it would last, but it's worth a try if the chips bother you. I think these are semi transparent, so might have to also get a white one to mix. Let us know if it works. I would be curious to know.
agree with JB - doing it yourself is an extremely dangerous proposition. any substance you put on the outside will release toxic fumes when heated, and it can also pose a huge fire hazard.
you said it's not high-end cookware like le creuset, so it might actually be more economical to invest in a few new replacement pieces than to spend the money having them re-enameled. or, since the chips don't really affect cooking performance and it's just a cosmetic issue, you can leave them alone, and continue using them as-is. after all, not everyone goes running to a plastic surgeon for botox when we begin to notice our wrinkles ;)
as far as i know you are just supose to keep the chips oiled and seasoned like you would a normal cast iron pot to prevent rusting.