Is Cast Iron ok for pressing?

I was given an old cast iron sausage/lard press from an elderly family member. It holds about 1 gallon. It has 2 different size press plates. A large one for sausage, and a smaller one that goes inside a stainless steel strainer for lard.
Anyone know if cast iron is ok for pressing fruit?
The thing is a little grungy. I was thinking of having it sandblasted then wiping it down with vegetable oil.
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If it's what I'm thinking it could be a problem, you can get iron casse from exposure to iron. If it can be painted, paint it. It's not like it's in contact forever but rust could be a problem
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Joe Sallustio

If it is what I am thinking it is, it not only presses what goes through it, it also chopps it up. You do not want something that will smash or cut your seeds. That would release things into the wine that you really would not want.
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Ray Calvert

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