I don't know if this should be in another thread - maybe the mods could move for me? Anyway I've been trying to figure out how to improve my treadle base without taking it apart, sanding, painting, etc. Then I saw something I think here on how about using Stove and Grill Polish. I got a bottle of Rutland brand. It says projects and renews unpainted cast iron. I think most of the paint was gone from my treadle base although it wasn't rusty. It looked "dusty" all the time. I figured I had nothing to lose. It is a black liquid I painted on with one of those foam brushes. It looks pretty nifty I think. Not shiny like a new paint job, but, a matte finish and doesn't look dusty anymore. I couldn't get any good "before" pictures. So far I am pleased. I guess I'll see how it wears.