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How to Remove Paint From Hardware: If you want to strip paint from metal without the nasty fumes and mess of chemical strippers, pull out your slow cooker. A simple hot water soak will soften the paint and it will often fall off as a single piece. Here's what you need to know before you give it a try....
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
Paint might be the easiest way to make over a room, but many tenants or past residents don't take the time to remove the hardware from their doors and windows before doing so. If you're looking to strip all those years of color choices, here's a way to do it without chemicals and without lifting a finger.
Remove old paint from metal: A long, hot, sudsy soak in a crockpot with water and a bit of liquid detergent to break the paint bond. More often than not, you can slide all the cooked paint layers off with your fingers. A scrubbing with a nylon brush removes the stubborn bits. A beeswax furniture polish after stripping, or a nonabrasive polish like Flitz or Maas can restore the sheen to solid brass or thickly plated hardware.