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studentslibrarian Nov 7, 2011 10:20 AM

I have managed to overheat a Stainless Steel pan to the point of discolor. There was no food involved--just water that boiled away while I was distracted by kids needing help outside.
Is there any product out there that can bring back the stainless shine ?? My regular resourcefulness of usual household remedies doesn't seem to be working.
The pan is from the Cuisinart classic collection and does not specify 18/8. Thanks.

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    jcolvin Nov 7, 2011 02:41 PM

    Try buffing it with steel wool.

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      gnashingshitfactory Nov 7, 2011 03:31 PM

      I agree with jcolvin.

      It's grunt work, you can "buff" with Comet or powdered Bon-Ami for a finer polish also.

      If it's really, really bad, you can use an end-bristle steel brush (on a drill), but it leaves "swirl" marks.

      If you're a lab geek,....you can chemically etch it (leaves a pearl/gray finish that, again, has to be buffed) ;
      For ~250ML etchant - (I use this for copper etching, but it eats almost any metal)
      Wear rubber gloves & eye protection ( you have been warned).. in a glass container;
      100 ml cold water
      62.5 ml muriatic acid ( hardware store)
      87.5 ml hydrogen peroxide- 3% ( dollar store)
      Add acid to the cold water & then the H2O2.
      Pour solution in the pot & swirl until the discoloration is gone.
      Rinse pot with plenty of water & dispose of excess etching soln' with plenty of water
      DON'T get this on your Stainless sink..it will etch/ gray it!!

      Had a pot that I've overheated several times, so far as to the aluminum bottom layer between the stainless bubbling/distorting.
      Yeah, I'm bad ;-)
      Etched, then buffed it with the wire brush, then Bon-ami..still not as nice as new, but not blue/black anymore.

      /end geek

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      Sydneyeats Nov 7, 2011 05:03 PM

      Try Easy-Off Oven Cleaner, let sit overnight and scrub with a bristle brush. It may take several attempts before restoring the shine.

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        primarycook Nov 7, 2011 05:10 PM

        My dh did this to me once with a 1.5 quart All-Clad. Sigh. After I got over the initial shock and annoyance, I tried a lot of elbow grease and BKF and steel wool. Nothing seemed to work. It was just the outside that was discolored, it had turned a light bronze if you looked at it closely, and in the right light, and of course I did. I love the shiny. What finally worked was a hot water soak with plenty of BKF. I filled up an old stock pot with the solution and let it sit overnight. I was so happy to have the shiny back the next morning.

        1. Chemicalkinetics Nov 7, 2011 05:50 PM

          Bar keeper's friend is always a good start if you have it. If you don't, try white vinegar.

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            Tianne41 Nov 7, 2011 06:34 PM

            Hi,

            Can't stress enough the great suggestion by Chemicalkinetics - 'Bar Keepers Friend' - it comes in a canister (like Comet, etc.) and is usually found in the scouring powders and steel wool section in the store. There are not any substitutes for this wonderful product. Wet the bottom of your pan and generously sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend powder on the discoloration, and spread it with a moist sponge - don't get everything too drippy - evenly moist is best. After a moment or two, begin to gently rub in a circular motion. The discoloration should begin to immediately disappear. Hope that your pan wasn't too badly over-heated and that this works for you. After using Bar Keepers Friend, I always finish with a drop or two of Palmolive liquid - (the good, original, old-fashioned green kind - not apple, or anything else - just the original green Palmolive liquid) add water to the Palmolive liquid and gently wash the pan, rinse well, and dry. The liquid soap wash will get rid of any residue from the powder. Again, hope that this works for you and that your pan is returned to its original beauty.

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              escondido123 Nov 7, 2011 08:15 PM

              SOS or Brillo--can't beat them.

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                studentslibrarian Nov 8, 2011 01:36 PM

                Bar Keepers Friend has come to the rescue for me. The pot has not returned to original,but it is something akin to what I can live with.It was a" hunt and peck" for me to find the product, but now it is where it belongs in my cache of cleaning supplies. Thanks to all who replied. I am now ready to join the arm-wrestling competition due to excessive scrubbing !!
                Cheers............

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                Dave5440 Nov 8, 2011 05:56 PM

                I wouldn't use steel wool, it will scratch the @#$ out of it , I use this stuff http://www.lagostina.ca/html/productD...

                takes the blue out in seconds

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                  escondido123 Nov 8, 2011 08:47 PM

                  I do not treat my SS with kids gloves. It is a pan, I cook with it, it gets dirty, it gets oil burned onto it, it gets overheated and turns funny colors. If I use SOS or Brillo on it regularly, it is burnished by that steel wool and looks just fine....I just checked it and it is still shining. I save my kid gloves for delicate china and glassware, anything I put on the stove has to take a lickin' and keep on...........I don't put it on display so it is never expected to look brand new and I just judge it on performance.

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                    Dave5440 Nov 8, 2011 09:11 PM

                    So scrub away, I wet it, swirl,rinse walk away blue gone, knock yourself out

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