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Use packing peanuts to hold a nail, and keep your fingers out of the way.... just pulls right off when you're done.
How to paint perfect letters
strip paint of hardware with hot water bath. fill a slow cooker with water and set the dial to high. The heat and moisture will soften the paint, and often it will fall off as a single piece. This works on oil, latex and spray paints, but it may not remove some clear finishes like lacquer. Cooking the hardware may stain or contaminate the pot, so use an old one
How to Remove Paint From Hardware