How To Remove Paint From Hardware
- Citristrip Stripping Gel
- Wash Cloth
- Zipper plastic food storage bag
- Paper towel
- Steel wool scrubbing pad
- 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 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).
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.