PBW is similar to oxiclean. oxygen + aluminum = aluminum oxide.
no cleaner takes 24+ hours to work. the only reason for soaking overnight is because you dont feel like cleaning it now
. what does that get you? a discolored pot.
Why can't you use the pot as is? Unless the pits are so deep you fear a leak? Oxidize and use, no?
yep, the only thing wrong with it is now its not very attractive. it does still function as a pot and is safe to use.