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Did I Bork My Mess Kit?!

I have an Open Country 2-person aluminum mess kit that I use mainly just to eat from (not cook in) on camping trips. I just got back from an overnight and noticed some orange spots that looked like they might be rust, so I took the rough green side of a sponge to it. The specs of the kit says there’s no non-stick coating, but the sponge definitely removed Something. The kit has a slick feel to it like a seasoned pan, but where I scrubbed, the slick feel is gone. No big deal, I just seasoned it with a bit of canola oil, but I noticed the paper towel turned gray. Did I remove some finish coating? Is there a way to repair it? Or should I stop using this for food?

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Aluminum doesn't rust,not ever.....

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Cool. Any helpful ideas about why the finish is now different or why grey powder rubs off of it? And whether or not it’s still safe to use for food?

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Check with the manufacturer.  They should know about coatings that  might have been applied...

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I’ve actually been trying to do this, but to no avail. I can’t seem to find any contact info for Open Country, not even a website. The product is no longer available on REI either. If you or anyone else knows how to reach Open Country that would be most helpful. Google hasn’t revealed anything yet. 

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Update

So I finally found out via Reddit post that Open Country discontinued all of their camping cookware products back in 2016. And since their website has been under construction ever since, I assume they’re defunct. Oh well. Some questions never get answered I guess. 

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One little tidbit of info that might b helpful.  I used for many years an Army surplus Mountain Cook Set that was just plain aluminum- definitely no coating.  I understand there may be significant effects from using uncoated aluminum utensils on a daily basis, but at least for intermittent use - no problem.

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