Hello friends! I hope you’re all having a great week and enjoying the beauty that fall has to offer! This week on Before & After Basics, it’s all about the hardware. One of the first things I decide when I look at a new piece is whether I’m going to use the existing hardware, paint over it or replace it all together. This can be a tricky decision, but so important for that final transformation detail.
Today, I’d like to focus on removing paint from existing hardware. You can remove paint from hardware using a few different methods, so I’m going to talk about some ideas I’ve researched and let you decide which process works best for you. Let’s get started! — Barb
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- methyl chloride stripper (you can use Citristrip, as well)
- chemical-safe container
- old crock pot
- liquid laundry detergent
- nylon bristle brush
- beeswax polish
Chemical soak method
Pour methyl chloride stripping agent into a chemical-safe container, cover all the hardware and let soak. If there are multiple layers of paint on your hardware from years and years of painting, it may take a day of soaking to come completely clean. Check your pieces after a few hours to see how the process is coming. Make sure to use gloves and eye protection when dealing with harsh chemicals. Move on to step 3 below.
Crock pot method
1. Place the hardware in a crock pot and cover with water. Add two tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent and turn the heat to medium. Put on the lid and let soak overnight. After soaking overnight, the paint should be soft and ready to fall off the metal.
2. Make sure you use an old crock pot or one you don’t intend to use for food again, as the paint chemicals will make it unsafe for food prep.
3. Pull hardware out of the crock pot or chemical soak with tongs and gently remove any remaining paint with a nylon bristle brush. Do not use a wire brush, as it will scratch the surface of the metal. Work quickly because the paint hardens once it is out of the pot! You can dip pieces back in the crock pot or chemical solution to help loosen any stubborn spots.
4. You will want to use some sort of protection on your shiny new metal. You can apply a nice beeswax finish with a cloth, or you can use a spray-on lacquer instead. If you decide to go the lacquer route, just note that if it ever starts to chip or wear off, you will need to chemically strip it again.
The chemical soak is probably the fastest removal method, but you will be dealing with harsh chemicals and need to work outdoors, taking all necessary safety precautions. The soak obviously takes a little longer and you may need to apply a little patience with stubborn spots, but no harsh chemicals are used in this process.
There is one more method of removal: sand blasting. You can check with a local automotive shop to see if they have the tools needed to make quick work out of your hardware paint removal!
See you next week!
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