I was recently given a carbon steel paella pan with a very light coating of rust (its prior owner hadn't known how to care for carbon steel, and gave it to me and bought a stainless one). There are quite a number of ways to remove rust, and I'm wondering which one will work the best?
- I have a jar of Naval Jelly, which I use to remove rust from garden tools. However, carbon steel knife forums warn that Naval Jelly can be too strong and etch the carbon steel.
- A vinegar bath is another method (as well as other acid baths such as citric acid). However, the paella pan is 15" in diameter, and I don't have a large enough basin to soak it in, nor am I eager to buy 3 gallons of vinegar.
- Some people simply scrub off the rust with steel wool. I'm concerned that this will scratch up the paella pan, which is otherwise fairly pristine.
- Brasso is milder than Naval Jelly, so I was thinking of just using a tube of that. It's not, however, primarily a rust remover.
- It's possible that scrubbing with Barkeeper's Friend would take the rust off as well. But it's also possible it won't.