How to Remove Paint from Brass Hardware

I am sooo excited to share this little trick! Remember when brass was “in” and then it was so last year? Oh, guess what?! It’s back in style again.

20140331-194828.jpgThis is Superman’s dresser that he used when he was growing up. Well, we inherited it and I painted it for Mary Claire when she was a little girl. See the drawer pulls? Yea. I was a little lazy. But, in my defense, brass was a no-no 20 years ago. So here we are in 2014 and I am again painting this bad boy. (That will be another post, because right now I have to tell you how to get the paint off the pulls with NO chemicals or scrubbing!)
Because this hardware is from the 1960’s, buying new hardware would be a bit of a problem. They don’t make the holes to match up. I would have to either A: fill and drill new holes or B: take the paint off. So I went to This Old House.com to figure out what to do.
OMG! So easy!

20140331-200118.jpgThis is what they looked like before.

20140331-200454.jpgThrow them in a pot of water and dishwashing detergent, then bring to a gentle boil. That’s it! Soap and water.

20140331-201436.jpg After 20 minutes, DO YOU SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING? This is so cool!

20140331-201619.jpgIt’s just peeling right off!

20140331-201818.jpgThis is after another 20 minutes.

20140331-201903.jpg I just pulled them out, one by one, and wiped them clean. A skewer helped me get in the tight spots. A toothbrush would work too. Again, it all came off very easily! If there was a stubborn spot, I put that baby right back in the pot for a little more cook time.

20140331-202225.jpgTaDa! Yea, they need a bit of polish, but…Heck Fire! I think they look great!
According to This Old House

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. And the next time the door needs painting, do yourself a favor—take the hardware off before the painter shows up.

Ok, ok…next time I’ll do myself the favor and take the hardware off before painting. Good advice.

Hope this little tid bit was helpful for you! Thanks for dropping by!

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