How to remove paint from hardware without using chemicals

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I’m on the home stretch of freshening up a pair of used nightstands I bought for our master bedroom, and the hinges, screws, and magnet thingies {<—technical term} that I had removed were covered in lots of old white paint.

As a general statement, I am not a big fan of using chemicals or harsh solvents, so when I knew I was going to need to clean up this hardware, I went looking for an alternative to stinky stuff that could burn the skin off my hands.

One friend joked that I was a genius when I shared my method. Please, feel free to believe that I’m a genius, but my little secret is actually that I am just a really good researcher. I found the directions at Fresh Home Blog, but they have since closed up shop, so I can’t link up to give them credit.

How to remove paint from hardware without using chemicals

So here is a quick description of how to remove paint from hardware without using chemicals:

1. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to 1 quart of water.

2. Put it on the stove (duh) and after the water starts to simmer, add the hardware. I suggest using a slotted spoon since dropping it in could splash hot water on you or mess up your hardware and/or your pan.

3. Let boil for 15–20 minutes and then pour into a strainer to cool. I let mine boil for 15 minutes because I was a little nervous, but I think next time I would go the full 20 so I had less scrubbing to do afterward.

How to remove paint from hardware without using chemicals

4. Remove paint. If you like picking off your nail polish {wince} or peeling off sunburned skin {shudder}, you will highly dig this part. Some of my paint peeled right off. Then some of the remaining paint needed to be scraped off. I used a screwdriver to do this. Since I am planning to spray paint the hardware, I wasn’t too concerned about getting tiny scratches on the hinges.

Here’s what I’m left with after the boiling, peeling and scraping. How to remove paint from hardware without using chemicals

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How to remove paint from hardware without using chemicals

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