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Old 09-19-2011, 01:00 PM
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Default Stripping Paint - What's The Best Way To Do It ?

I need to remove years of paint off of door hinges and window handles, and other old house hardware like that. Locally there is a business that drips and soft brushes to remove paint, but I'm thinking there must be a secret way to remove old paint. Suggestion?

Oh, replacing the hinges is about $50/pair -- I have at least 20 pairs.
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I just throw loose hardware in a coffee can with water rinse brush cleaner, cover and let it sit a day or two.
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Good old Easy Off oven cleaner. Does a great job removing painted on names from fiberglass. Should work on hardware.
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can of aircraft stripper out to work. Test it first.
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Most any liquid stripper at HD will work for you. Get a cheap lasagna baking pan(Tin foil type) that is not to large and pour the stripper in it. I would use two pans, first one I would use to get the worst off then have another set up to get the final few coats off. That first pan will get nasty really quick with 20 pieces. Make sure you cover with foil to prevent exaporation when they are soaking.

Get a few small detail brass brushes to get in between the little cracks.
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I use Zip Strip or most any stripper from HD. I always painted a heavy layer and let sit for 4 hours or so. Scrape off and "repaint" if necessary. I never cared for the soaking method
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I did the exact same thing just a couple years ago. I used Jabsco from Lowe's. Worked great, just took a few minutes for the layers of paint to start peeling away. I just hit them with a little steel wool afterwards and reinstalled them with the raw antique finish that was left. Look great.

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