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Mar 1, 2013 05:47 PM

Surface Scratches Mauviel Copper Pan

Today I was scrubbing with a very soft rubber bristle brush and Bar Keeper's Friend and somehow managed to scratch up the lid of my Sauce Pan. I typically only use the soft side of a sponge, but didn't imagine rubber bristles would do any damage. They look like very light surfaces scratches, but since the finish of these pots are glossy it sticks out like a sore thumb. What sort of polish can I use to fix this ghastly mistake, will Copperbrill polish away minor scratches or do I need something else?

I'm content with scratches here and there, I know it's going to happen. But this one has really bummed me out. Looking for a polish solution to fix this, please help!

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  1. Hi, mundty:

    Not to worry. That's what BKF does, especially if you scrub with it. It wasn't the bristles, it was the feldspar in the BKF.

    If you don't have a bench buffer, I suggest either Flitz or Simichrome polish. There is also another highly-rated polish I haven't tried yet: If you try it, please post a review.

    If you still see the scratches after that, I would work the scratched area over with 0000 steel wool (finish in one direction--I suggest parallel with the pan's bottom) and *then* repeat the polish.


    1. "They look like very light surfaces scratches, but since the finish of these pots are glossy it sticks out like a sore thumb."

      I would just leave it alone and consider it a learning experience. BKF has abrasives that can scratch mirror finishes like the top of metal lids.

      I don't have any experience polishing metal. But my understanding is using anything to polish out the scratches in metal will just make it worse.

      1. The thing is I use BKF all the time, but normally with the soft side of a wet sponge and have never experienced anything like this until I used the brush.

        1. A bench buffer is really the best way. Since most people don't have one at home, you may have luck going to your local jeweler and asking if they can buff it for you. They should have the proper wheels and paste to buff it up beautifully.

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          1. re: laraffinee

            We have plenty of bench grinders at work... I assume with the right attachment I could fix it up? Any suggestions on what sort of Pad I should use? Do I need to use one of the polishes mentioned above... or would the pad probably suffice?

            1. re: mundty

              Hi, mundty:

              Great if you have a buffer. With the usual BKF scratching, I would use a loose muslin (*not* sisal) wheel, turning at 1700 rpm, with a coloring rouge--Jeweler's Pink is good. If just coloring doesn't do it, step up to a light cutting rouge like chrome white, and then polish out with the coloring (only one grade of rouge on a wheel!).

              Unless you have a really long arbor shaft, you need to be careful about the pan catching on the wheel and dinging it/you up.

              IME, polishing by hand using Flitz and Simichrome does a pretty good job of at least evening out this type of scratches. A pro metal finisher could still probably see them up close, but you may not.

              In fact a lot of people always use BKF (It does a great job of *cleaning* and tarnish removal), and then polish--that way your degree of polish is uniform, if not perfectly mirror. I just find BKF to be too abrasive--can't brook the thought of thinning the copper every time I clean it.


              1. re: kaleokahu

                Totally agree with Kaleo about the muslin wheel and the rouge.

          2. Right now you have the new car syndrome. The smallest scratch will look painfully annoying to you. In time, this will pass and you will get used to scratches on your car or your cookware. It is probably better bite the bullet and not "fix" the scratches. Good luck.

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              We're not talking about a small scratch here and there, I have those and I'm fine with them. These are swirl marks... trust me I screw up.

              1. re: mundty

                Hi, mundty:

                And as with a brand-new car, your enjoyment of your band-new copper pan should not suffer from a scratch. People who don't have your grade of copper cookware may not understand keeping it perfect--at least for a while, or 1-2x/year.


                1. re: mundty

                  No, you did not screw-up. Screw-up is such a strong word for it. I have a pretty good idea what kind of swirl marks you are talking about. A lot of my cookware have tham -- especially on shiny polish surface. They annoyed me in the very beginning, but later you will realize they will occur soon or later. So it is natural, and they absolutely do not affect your cookware performance.

                  Here is thing. The more I was concerning about the scratch and swirl marks, the more I was tip-toeing around the cookware. At the end, I realize that this is not the way to use a cookware. I should be using the cookware. It shouldn't be the other way -- cookware using me. I should freely and comfortably use my cookware. Yes, when it comes to actions which may actually damaging their performance, like overheating, heat shock...etc, then I will be careful. Have fun with your cookware. Enjoy.