I’m talking about the “vintage door hardware”, jewelry for your doors(if you will) which had been painted over?!!
WoW!! Never knew how Beautiful it was or how easy it would be to clean up!
Ok, here goes a tutorial on “How To Restore Vintage Door Hardware”
Screwdrivers ( to remove parts from door)
Dishsoap ( I used Dawn)
Water to cover
Putty knife or ( I used my 5 in 1 painters tool)
Brass bristle brush
Papertowels and soft clean cloths
Wood cleaner/preserver ( I used Scott’s Liquid Gold)
Ok, start with removing the Hinges, Door knobs, screws, escutcheons (fancy name for the decorative plates)
*Note I did not clean the lock box mechanisms this way, because I did not want to soak the internal parts.Instead I gently scraped off paint just using the putty knife and brush.
They were in good working condition, if yours are not , you will have to open them up and inspect and clean and then spray a silicone lubricant on the pieces, you may have to replace any broken or missing pieces as well.
I can show this detail in another post if you are interested.
Place items into crockpot, cover items with water, squirt a little dishsoap in pot, set crockpot on and let soak 3 to 4 hours.
Carefully remove items *Caution, they will be hot, I used tongs to remove from crockpot, but you could also use heavy duty rubber gloves.
Then, gently lift or peel the paint off with putty knife and bristle brush.
This one peeled off almost whole, thought about saving it, I dunno why, … changed my mind…
If there is some paint remaining then just soak a second time for another 1 to 2 hours and repeat paint removal step, rinse, dry with papertowels and apply Liquid Gold liberally with soft cloth, let sit and dry before reinstalling
That’s it, very simple, no need for smelly harsh chemicals.
Are you restoring an old house? I would love to here about it, hope this helps you tackle your vintage door hardware!
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