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Sanding and Polishing - Cast Iron Skillet Cookware

Introduction I found some rusty cast iron in the garbage. The three pieces were in rough shape but the bottom was flat, and the surface wasn't pitted badly. I took them home, steel wool scrubbed the rust off, researched how to season them properly, and was disappointed with the results.
Cast Iron Today If you look at the cast iron sold today you will notice something. It's rough to the touch. Teflon it ain't. You have to wonder why anyone would want to buy it. They come pre-seasoned, but I think that's more for rusting than anything else. The theory is the rough texture will allow the oil to plasticize (season) easier to the rough surface providing a better coating overtime.
My personal belief is in order to stay profitable, the casting process has had to take a few short cuts and the rough surface is one of the byproducts of this process. If you ever notice cast iron in restaurants, or on television you may wonder how is that surface so smooth? Part of it is th…