Thursday, May 17, 2012

Re-finishing vintage Pyrex (?)

Quick question: are there any food-safe ways to re-finish dishwashered Pyrex? I picked up a Woodland 401 for 35 cents the other day. The white part of the design is still all there, and the brown is only a little faded from the dishwasheredness. I'm collecting 401s to use as cereal bowls, so this isn't a show horse piece--it's getting used (and hand-washed) almost every day. But I can tell that the brown will probably continue to chip off since the protective layer is gone.



All that to say: is there a protective, permanent layer I can put on this 401 to keep the color/design intact? I love the look of shiny Pyrex too, of course. The matte look kind of hurts my eyes. 

Thanks, fellow Pyrex fans!
Margaret Ann

6 comments:

  1. Oooooh good question. I'll be waiting on the sidelines with you for the answer! :)

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  2. I once had a mug I bought on a trip to Korea and after a couple of washes in the dishwasher, the design started to wear off. I got out my can of clear acrylic spray and gave it a good coating. Haven't had any trouble since. And I still wash it in the dishwasher. It also brightened up the colors that had started looking chalky.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I'll look into that!

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  3. No answer for a bowl that is going to be washed frequently, but for one to be for display or seldom used I have rubbed a layer of mineral oil on them. Does wonders, but I would not want to have to do this after every frequent wash.

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    1. Yes, I've heard of the mineral oil method, but I too am definitely not up for putting it on after every use. The fact that we get dishes hand-washed at all is still kind of astounding :).

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  4. I've always wondered about the totally faded solid-color pieces ... I skip them in the thrift stores but what about coating them or applying a design with ceramic paints ... has anyone done it?

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