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How to Smooth Cast Iron Skillet?

Jun. 17, 2021

If you have a rough cast iron pan at home and want to work on a smooth surface, you're not completely out of luck. There are ways to grind your pan and get the smooth finish you're looking for, but they come with some risks.


Grinding the pan too thin, which can cause weaknesses that can lead to cracking or breaking.

Unevenly grinding your pans thin, which can also lead to cracking and create an uneven cooking surface.

With these risks involved, it's a process best left to your cheap cast iron pieces that you don't have a lot of financial or emotional investment in.

Cast Iron Skillet

 Cast Iron Skillet

How to polish cast iron pan?

There are as many ways to fix cast iron skillet as there are letters in the alphabet. Here are some of the methods we don't recommend.


Sandblasting. Sandblasting can make the surface smooth, but it's too harsh on your cast iron pan and has a high potential for damaging the cast iron pan.

Don't remove the seasoning first. Some sites suggest using Easy off or lye to remove the seasoning. This is a completely unnecessary step. Why use additional chemicals if you don't need them? Skip it and go straight to the sanding stage. 

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 How to Smooth Cast Iron Skillet?

Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 3 Pieces Set

Sanding method

This method, which involves sanding your pan is effective and avoids damage.


1. First, you need to find something that you can use to smooth out your surface. It is easiest to use an electric hand sander, but if you don't have an electric version, you can also sand by hand or with a sanding block.

2. Use a 60-80 grit sanding pad or sandpaper and start working on the pan.

Sand the pan in a circular motion. Pay special attention to the hard-to-reach corners of the pan. If your electric sander has a pointed tip, use it to fit into small crevices in the cast iron.


3.Keep an eye on the surface throughout the sanding process. You want to sand it as little as possible to avoid making it too thin and to protect the integrity of the cast iron pan.

4. Using an electric sander, this process will take up to 10 minutes. Hand sanding will, of course, take longer.

If you want a smoother finish, use higher grit sandpaper and lightly sand the surface.

In this process, the seasoning has been completely removed from your pan. Season your pan as thoroughly as you would a brand new one.

How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet?

If your pan is in good condition, follow these instructions after each use.

Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel, preferably while the pan is still hot, so that food debris can be removed more easily. Using a non-metallic brush or non-abrasive scrubbers, rinse the pan with hot water and scrub well. Do not allow cast iron pans to soak.


Dry the skillet thoroughly with a cloth or paper towel - drip-drying is a no-no - then heat on a medium-low burner to evaporate any remaining moisture. If water is allowed to remain on the surface of the pan, rust will build up. While the pan is cooling but still warm, add ½ teaspoon of oil (I used canola oil) to the pan. Using a paper towel, spread the oil around so that the interior is covered. Continue wiping the pan with the oiled towel until the entire surface is smooth and free of puddles. Flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, and corn oil will also work. 

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