Thursday, August 30, 2007

Removing paint from hardware

At some point in your home-renovation lifetime, you will discover some moron painted over the vintage door knobs/drawer pulls/etc. in your house. I learned this nifty trick from This Old House.

* Put item in a Crock-Pot that you are willing to dedicate to home renovation purposes.
* Cover with water, at least an inch or two over the item.
* Add a tablespoon or so of laundry detergent.
* Cook on high overnight.
* Remove item from water. (Yes, the metal will be hot, genius.Use tongs.)

The paint peels right off, like cheap Wite-Out instead of decades of latex.

* Let cool slightly.
* Rub off paint with paper towel.
* Clean with metal polish. (I like Noxon 7.)

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