Can I Repair This Scratched Wok?

published Jun 1, 2012
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Q: Last weekend I found that my guests scraped up my wok by using the wrong tongs. Now it’s showing signs of rust and I was wondering if there was any product or way to repair it? It has a lot of sentimental value since it was given to me as gift from my mom four years ago.

Sent by Juan

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Editor: Juan, it’s hard for me to tell from the photos, but it looks like your wok is nonstick. Does it have a Teflon or other nonstick coating on it? If it’s nonstick, then it is probably not repairable. In fact, it’s best not to use nonstick woks at all, as they are not good for high heat, and all stir-fry cooking is done over high heat.

If, though, your wok is actually stainless or carbon steel, then follow Grace Young’s instructions here to give your wok a “facial” —

Readers, any advice?