05:45AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 11/03/04
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Just bought my first house. It is an old victorian. I would like to remove the paint from the hinges and the door handles. The handles have brass surroundings with black knobs. Feels like they have enameled finish. they are black in color. As for the brass. I was thinking of using my Dremel tool to clean them up. Any good products to use???

Also, I have heard of using some type of oil: neatsfoot, or mink or ??? to remove the paint. Any thoughts? I hear to put it in a sandwich bag and place it over the knob overnight?


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07:52AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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The best way to clean these parts is to remove them from the door and soak them in paint remover. Clean off all the paint then use a brass polish and soft cloth to bring up the shine. Finish by applying a lacquer clear-coat. A spray on clear coat is available at any hardware store, and will keep the hardware from tarnishing. Lubricate hinge pins and latches before re-installing.

Do not use harsh abrasives, steel wool or your dremel with anything but polishing compound. You can control the amount of patina by how much you polish. By the way, those black knobs may be tarnished brass.


07:58AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 11/03/04
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I am afraid to take the hinges off b/c the screws may strip. Also, I don't even think that I can get them off b/c they are so painted over.

Oh and the parts to the door knob that I want to take the paint from are where teh key hole is located. I am not sure I can take them off the door.

What do you think about brasso or never dull?

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