How To Remove Paint From Hardware

  • Citristrip Stripping Gel 
  • Wash Cloth 
  • Zipper plastic food storage bag 
  • Paper towel 
  • Steel wool scrubbing pad 
  • Washcloth 
  • Small plastic bucket 
  • Plastic gloves 
  • Drill or screwdriver 

Is your fixer upper full of lazily-painted cabinets, where no one bothered to protect the hinges from paint? Is it just me, or does it drive you crazy too? Here's an easy and non-smelly way to remove paint from your cabinet hardware.

Step 1:  Remove hardware from your cabinets 
  • Remove hinges, etc. from your cabinets using a drill or screwdriver 

    Step 2:  Put your hardware in a plastic food storage bag, then pour in some Citristrip. 
    • You don't really need a ton of gel. I would say enough to cover 1/4 of your hardware. 
    • Why use Citristrip? It actually smells NICE, and is safe to use indoors. That being said, I would recommend you open some windows when handling. 

      Step 3: Seal bag, and massage until spread evenly on your hardware. 

      • It will look something like this when you are done: 
      Step 4: Let Citristrip gel sit on hardware for 24 hours. 
      • After 24 hours, you will begin to notice your paint literally falling off the hardware. 
      Step 5: Dump hardware into a plastic bucket (I like to use empty gallon ice cream buckets). 

        Ain't no party like a paint-removing party...hey...ho...

        Here's a closeup. As you can see, the paint is peeling off.

        Step 6: Wipe off excess paint and gel with a paper towel. 

        Step 7: Rinse hardware with water. 

        Step 8: Remove any tough spots using a steel wool scrubbing pad, or simply a washcloth.

        Step 9: Admire your shiny "new" hardware. 

        So my hardware could probably use some more polishing, but let's be honest, I'm not a perfectionist. The paint is gone, so I'm happy. 


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