I'm in the process of restoring a badly neglected Griswold No. 8 waffle iron (885 886 if it makes any difference). I've got all of the cast iron parts stripped down and re-seasoned and just started working on the badly rusted Alaskan coil handles. I got the majority of the rust off with a long carbonic acid bath and some light sanding with 600 grit sandpaper, but found some unexpected bright areas that almost look like the remains of hot galvanization:

Griswold handles

I'd like to give them an authentic finish, but I can't find any information as to what the factory finish (if any) was on the handles. Does anyone know if they were galvanized, or if not, how they were finished?

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    FYI, we generally handle equipment questions more about the actual cooking aspects of the equipment, so there might not be a lot of knowledge about things like this around here. There's some discussion on meta: meta.cooking.stackexchange.com/q/2141/1672
    – Cascabel
    Dec 18, 2015 at 15:44
  • @Jefromi - responded on meta.
    – Comintern
    Dec 18, 2015 at 18:46

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If you are trying to obtain an even color, you can paint them with 'Stove Black' which is great for unpainted cast iron and raw metal that will get a lot of heat. It will give you a dull matt finish and can develop a nice patina. I would not put any on the waffle iron part where food will touch.


They were probably originally galvanized, and you might find somewhere locally that will dip them for you for a few bucks.

As an alternative you might oil them up and season them like the rest of the waffle iron. You're not looking for a "perfect" coating like the cooking surface, but just enough of a coating to prevent rust. If it doesn't work out you could easily strip them down and have them galvanized.

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