After four hours, a box of brillo pads, a packet of sandpaper and a wire brush I still hadnt got what I thought was the 'protective paint' off the bottom, let alone the inside. We eventually discovered that the protective paint must be clear or the same colour as the wok! I wish it had said somewhere in the instructions as it would have saved me a lot of time and unecessary hard work. Its now been seasoned as recommended in the Amazon product recommendations and looks really good, I've no doubts that it will cook beautifully.
One star deducted due to the instructions that came with the pan didnt make it clear that the protective paint was either clear or the same colour as the wok and the seasoning instructions were poor and definitely inferior to those given on the Amazon site.
All being said and done I intend to get another one!