I've got an old stainless steel coffee carafe, the kind they use (used?) in coffee shops with the flip-up lid. This does not have a copper bottom. I use it exclusively to boil water on a gas range. Whistling tea kettles annoy me and I find it faster to boil X amount of water in the carafe. Besides, it's way easier to estimate how much water is in this thing.
I've been cleaning this from time to time (it's at least 10 years old), but presently, the bottom and a couple inches up the sides it's gun-metal black/grey.
Besides the bottom, the insides are almost all practically black. On the bottom it says "18-8 STAINLESS STEEL," no brand. I bought it at a restaurant supply warehouse. Maybe the quality of the steel is bad, I don't know, but it doesn't seem appropriate to call this stainless!
Bon Ami doesn't touch this. The only thing I can think of that seems to be working is a TON of elbow grease and progressively finer grades of wet-dry sandpaper, starting with something like 220 (I also have 150 and 180, in case the 220 is too slow) and ending with 600 or 1200. It looks to me that I'd have to spend 2+ hours just with the 220 and then hours to get the scratches out.
Is there a way to get this thing looking good without spending a whole day on it? I almost bought a new one but decided to try to rehabilitate this one. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net