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Black Residue on Shelves
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:39:05 PM »
Hi, all. I just got my #3D smoker and I noticed that there is a black residue with some visible depth on the wire shelves. It will rub off on a paper towel, completely saturating it in black. I ran them through the dishwasher, but there was no noticeable change. I have been scrubbing at them with paper towels and a mild abrasive meant for glass cook tops. It is taking about 45 minutes to clean each shelf. Before I potentially waste any more of my day, what is this stuff (welding residue?), do I really need to remove it, and if so does anyone have any tips on how to do so with stuff one might have around the house? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Re: Black Residue on Shelves
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 03:59:51 PM »
I have never experienced a black film but I clean mine with a steel scouring pad. They work great.
 https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-Stainless-Steel-Scouring-3-Pad/dp/B002CQTXBC?th=1
My tools currently include the SI #2 with an Auber, Grill Dome, Solaire 27", Holland Grill (Companion) & Weber (Smokey Joe). The Companion & SJ are primarily used for tailgating. David from Roswell,GA -Happy smoking!

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Re: Black Residue on Shelves
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 04:02:33 PM »
I have never experienced a black film but I clean mine with a steel scouring pad. They work great.
 https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-Stainless-Steel-Scouring-3-Pad/dp/B002CQTXBC?th=1
Thanks, I give that a try.

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Re: Black Residue on Shelves
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 04:04:14 PM »
I just realized this may not be clear from my first post. The shelves have never been used, this is how they arrived.

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Re: Black Residue on Shelves
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 05:56:08 PM »
It is likely polishing rouge and typically comes off during the final phase of buffing. Makes the steel shine and removes any tool marks.
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Re: Black Residue on Shelves
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 06:01:06 PM »
Hi NG, My model 1 shelves arrived bright and shiny.  It sounds like yours didn't.  I would contact customer service.  I bet they'll be able to help.
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Re: Black Residue on Shelves
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 12:25:41 AM »
Some 0000 (4'0') steel wool or a scotch brute pad and soapy water with some elbow grease and you will be up and smoking in no time. Just be sure to make sure the racks are completely clean before using.
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Re: Black Residue on Shelves
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2017, 11:18:46 AM »
Put the shelves one at a time on your gas grill on high.  This is how I clean my shelves after a smoke.  It burns all the food bits and grease off the shelves.  Hit them real quick with the grill brush and they are ready. 

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