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Service or product to remove non-stick coating?

SLRossi Sep 25, 2008 08:25 AM

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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    JBethell Sep 26, 2008 11:02 AM

    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.

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      FrankJBN Sep 26, 2008 11:30 AM

      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. scubadoo97 Sep 26, 2008 11:46 AM

        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.

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          paraque Sep 26, 2008 12:53 PM

          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...

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          1. re: paraque
            blondelle Sep 26, 2008 01:26 PM

            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
              Carole Sep 27, 2008 10:59 AM

              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: Carole
                scubadoo97 Sep 27, 2008 12:25 PM

                guess that's why you paid for AC

                1. re: scubadoo97
                  Carole Sep 28, 2008 06:38 AM

                  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.

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