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Sep 25, 2008 08:25 AM

Service or product to remove non-stick coating?

I have some great all-clad pots and pans that I for somereason bought with the non-stick coating. Now some 10-15 years later the coating is coming off. Is there some service/product to strip the coating off? It would be a shame to have to toss these and buy and new ones.

I am in the SF Bay Area.


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  1. I have a friend who owns a sandblasting business.

    He recently sandblasted the coating off of a couple SS frying pans I had, that were peeling away.

    Keep in mind, the sandblasting leaves a rough coating, and it takes some elbow grease and sandpaper to get them to a smooth finish.

    1. As noted by the reply with the sandblasting friend, there are ways you can get it off, but you would not be left with a usable utensil. Own any power tools?

      "For some reason bought with the non-stick coating"

      I would have guessed you bought with the non-stick coating to get 10 or 15 years worth of non-stick cooking, but since you got this and plainly this dissatisfies you, I cannot venture to say what the reason was.

      1. lesson learned. Do not spend a lot of money on non-stick. I always think of them as disposable. I would think the labor cost would offset any gains on trying to salvage those pans. Toss them and spend the money on new ones.

        1. Does All-Clad not have a lifetime guarantee? I'm not a stainless-steel fan, myself, so I know little about the company, but it seems like a majority of top-of-the-line cookware companies carry lifetime warranties.

          I suppose if they did and the replaced your pans you'd wind up with more non-stick pans, but at least they wouldn't be peeling...

          4 Replies
          1. re: paraque

            All-Clad has a lifetime warranty. Give them a call and they should replace your pans with new ones. Since the nonstick ones are more, I wouldn't think they would have a problem replacing them with all stainless. If they determine the pans weren't abused you should have a set of new ones from them free!

            1. re: blondelle

              Do not throw them away!

              I have gotten a 10-15 year-old pan replaced. You call them, get a return number, send in your old pan, and in a couple of weeks get a new one from them in the mail.

              Also, I think they've changed their non-stick coating so it may last even longer.

                1. re: scubadoo97

                  They have certainly paid for themselves over the years. My oldest pots are over 20 years old and although they aren't as shiny they work as well as the day I bought them. The only one I've had any trouble with was the one I exchanged. The line I have is least expensive Master Chef. Just make sure the ones you buy are made in the USA. Some of the specials you see (for example at Williams-Sonoma) are from China.