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Refinishing Revere Copper Pans

Q. I am the owner of a complete set of Revere Limited Edition Copper pots and pans. These are the 1801 signature pans that are completely copper solid copper on the exterior and stainless steel on the inside with solid brass handles.

These pans came with a "durable transparent coating to keep it in perfect condition in transit or when used decoratively" per the original label inside the pan. The label states that "Before using for cooking, this coating must be removed to avoid blackening from heat or flame. Removal is easily accomplished by generously spraying the copper area with such household cleaners as Fantastik, Mr. Clean, Formula 409, etc. Let stand for about two minutes. Coating will start to dissolve. Spray again, then wipe gently with soft sponge or cloth."

What I need to know is what the "durable coating was/is, as I want to have the pans polished and recoated. I know that lacquer is sometimes used however the removal of lacquer in the future is much more difficult than this "durable coating" (what ever it is) and the durable coating works perfectly. I have tried to contact Revere without success. Perhaps one of you or your or someone in your network of contacts actually knows what Revere used for this "durable coating" or where I could have these pans refinished/coated.

Thanks in advance!

Al Hoover
- Austin, Texas

A. This coating appears to be a selling point, which means it may be a trade secret that Revere will not reveal, and it's even vaguely possible that it is patented. But if you speak to lacquer experts like G.J. Nikolas [a supporting advertiser], I'd be confident that they would be familiar with the process.

Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

A. The above companies can also tell you what to strip their coating with and it will be available at your local hardware store.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

Q. I have the same problem. Did you find a solution to refinishing the copper pots? Please share if you did. Thanks

Kay Smith
- Houston Texas US
November 11, 2015

"Clearcoats/Lacquers for Brass from G.J. Nikolas"

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