I found what appears to be a new wok at Goodwill. It came with a lid that is very light with a wooden knob on the top and it seems to be aluminum. The wok however is much heavier, with two side handles of metal that are welded/stuck to the wok. The outside of the wok seems ribbed in texture and the inside shows the rib lines but is smooth. There is absolutely no marking/stamp on the wok or the lid. A magnet does stick to the wok so therefore it is steel of some sort. There is no Teflon at all. I went about the process of boiling water in it to help release the manufacturer's coating as it appeared new and there was a film/residue inside the wok. I then scrubbed with a metal type scrubber (not brillo but similar). The bottom got a duller spot/s on it. I repeated the boiling and scrubbing while hot and I am getting brownish spots all over the inside of the wok that appear black when boiling water in it, and brown when empty and in the sink. This was a new wok for sure. I can still see some of the film and it is spotty and I can't seem to remove any more. Do I go ahead and season it or should I still try to remove more film? Is there an easier/better way to remove the remaining film? Is it possible I ruined this wok because it was not carbon steel? It has a round bottom. Not sure how to proceed but went vegetarian years ago and almost vegan a few months ago and stir fry has become a staple in my diet. Need help please. thank you.
the thin film that was uniformly all over the inside of the wok, and is still there in a multitude of places, was almost sheer. It was not a seasoning like I see described on the web where people use oil and heat to put a colored coating on the wok. Did I ruin this wok? It had no instructions with it, no name on it or label, nothing. I just followed the advice on the web. I also dried it by hand and heated it up dry before leaving it be for the night so it would not rust. I don't see orange-brown rust. I see what appears to be more of a bare metal now.