Strip Paint from Vintage Hardware with Supplies You Probably Already Have at Home

00_HardwareBeforeAfter

Paint strippers can be caustic and expensive especially when you are restoring eighteen double sash windows and all of their hardware. I tried this solution to salvage my vintage window hardware. It’s simple, easy and works like a charm.

Supplies: Old cooking pot, DAWN original dish washing liquid, wire brush and a few hours.

02_SlowCook

Simply place the hardware in the pot and fill with water. Add a few table spoons of DAWN. Set to low on the stove. Bring to a shimmer NOT a boil. A boil will cause it to bubble over. Now let it on low for four to six hours testing and adding water occasionally.

03_Scrub

I used a pair of pliers to hold the hot (be careful!) hardware while I scrubbed with wire brush. Viola! Paint be gone and any old gunk too. At this point, you can polish if you want them to look “new.” I prefer the existing brass patina and simply rubbed them dry.

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