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Posted on Has anyone tried "seasoning" an old vintage plane like a pan instead of "japanning"

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 05:54 PM

Well, it seems the process of japanning is somewhat related to seasoning cast iron, only japanning you are purposely trying to make it more black without regard for chemicals that you don t want on your cookware.


Not really. Japanning is a thick layer of a very hard and durable asphaltum finish that not just resists rust, but also various chemicals and abrasion. With seasoning, you are baking oil into the open pores of the cast iron, while japanning covers them over completely into a smooth finish. The only real similarity is that both use heat as a curing mechanism.

If you are just curious, go ahead and try it. Just be careful with heating and cooling of cast iron to prevent warping. For a user plane, though, either just keeping it oiled &/or waxed will keep rust at bay or go the spray paint route. Any heating and cooling of cast iron must be done carefully to prevent warping.

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