Seasoning a new gold pan
A new pan will most likely have some sort of residue left on it from the manufacturing process and should not be used right out of the box or you risk losing gold.
The modern plastic gold pans are great to use, their relative light weight and innovative design is a vast improvement over steel or copper. As most of these pans are produced by injection molding equipment, the manufacturer will use either oil based or Teflon sprays to aid in removing the pan from its mold. This forms a layer on the pan that can be hard to remove, there is a way to do this easily. Start by taking some rubbing alcohol and a paper towel, cleaning the pan inside and out. Then boil some water and add a surfactant (dish soap), this mixture is poured into the pan and swirled around then dumped out. That should leave your pan ready to use. Use some surfactant in the panning tub until the pan is broke in from the mechanical action of the material affecting the surface of the pan.
There you have it, by using some common sense and a small amount of effort you can recover more of the fine “flour gold” from your favorite prospecting site. Just remember that a new pan will most likely have some sort of residue left on it from the manufacturing process and should not be ignored. Happy prospecting!!
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