Removal of Protective Copper Coating

The Paul Revere Collection had a couple of different labels over the years, with two different sets of instructions on removing the protective coating.  One basically says to soak in hot water, and the other describes using 409 or some other cleaners to remove it, so I assume they have used various types of coatings over the years.   You can read the instructions of both by clicking on each picture in this post.   If you don’t know which kind you have, I would recommend soaking it in hot water first, and if that doesn’t work, try the cleaner.  Keep in mind that these instructions were intended for removal of this stuff 40-50 years ago, so it might not work so well after all these years.  It isn’t easy to remove, in my experience, but it must be done if you intend to use them for cooking.

Once the coating is removed, the copper will begin to tarnish.  If you want to polish them back up again, try this copper tarnish remover.  It is all natural, and works great in about a minute.




8 thoughts on “Removal of Protective Copper Coating

  1. Rick

    I have purchased a few pots on eBay that came with the factory coating still intact but no label. I used Awesome household cleaner in spray bottle from dollar store. Two spray applications about 2 minutes apart and rinse in under hot water with light scrub with a sponge. Very easy process with no scratching.

      1. Rick

        Well I spoke too soon, Just bought a pot (new and unused) that had been in original box for 40 years and nothing is taking the coating off. Tried Fantastic Scrubbing Bubbles, Awesome and hot water soaks to no avail. Perhaps pieces exposed to prolonged sunlight clean up easier? May have to take to a professional metal finisher.

  2. Rick

    Forty year old factory coating on “new old stock” pan. Next I tried Acetone and Thinner to no avail. Finally resorted to paint stripper in spray can then scrubbed off with Barkeepers Friend using blue scour sponge.- which worked at last. Think I will avoid the “new” pieces from now on.

    1. Paul Revereware Post author

      Wow, wish I’d seen this earlier, but I was bombarded with family all weekend! Easy Off, next time. It melts right off. I don’t know that I would let it go down your drain or garbage disposal, though. Outside is probably better.

      1. Rick

        Thanks! EasyOff and outdoors next time it is then. Appreciating all the tips and info learned on this helpful board.

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