Two unrelated questions about the same thing

October 16, 2017 at 11:52:18
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And once again, the thing is not a computer. But it is an
electrical device....

I have an electric waffle iron which was probably made in
1950 or 1951. Older than me. It has had quite a bit of use
over the decades, and the working surfaces are mostly black.
The pits are all black. But the black crust doesn't appear to
be very thick, or at all crumbly. It looks like it would be almost
impossible to remove. Sandblasting might do it. I haven't
used the waffle iron in many years. How far should I go in
trying to clean it? Can it work just fine with the black crust
in place? Is that how it is expected/intended to become?

Second question:

I don't know how hot the underside of the waffle iron gets.
There are no labels, just info like patent numbers stamped
into the metal. I want to put a notation there reminding me
not to remove the screws holding the handle to the lid.
I took them out to clean the handle, and getting them back
in was a major project, taking maybe two hours. I had to
lie on my back holding the waffle iron above my head while
poking a bent paperclip into the screwholes to line up a little
loose piece of metal inside the lid, then try to get the screws
to go through the holes and engage the loose metal piece.
Amazingly, it worked, but I don't want to do that again, and
nobody else would be stupid enough to do it.

My question is: What can I use to make the notation on the
bottom of the waffle iron that will be heat resistant and won't
come off? If it weren't for the heat, I'd just write it on paper and
cover the paper with transparent tape to make it more-or-less
waterproof.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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October 16, 2017 at 12:25:27
First question: If it's not coming off, it's not toxic, and it's not hampering heat transfer, what's the problem?

Second question: https://www.amazon.com/High-Resista...

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October 16, 2017 at 13:14:38

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October 16, 2017 at 15:23:20
The problem is that I don't know whether that kind of
blackening is acceptable or not. It may be unavoidable
or it may be something I'm supposed to remove.

Nice suggestion for the high-temperature markers.
I'll look for them locally.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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