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tray1339

06:57AM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 02/07/04
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How do I remove 100 years worth of paint from antique door handles and face plates?
Thanks.

mattyd

07:11AM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 02/04/04
34 lifetime posts
are the face plate plastic or what? if they are not plastic you can use a industrial paint remover.

tray1339

08:32AM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 02/07/04
5 lifetime posts
Everything is black and gold brass...even the door knobs.

mattyd

10:05AM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 02/04/04
34 lifetime posts
paint stripper , tack off the knobs and plates it might take more than 1 try. jasco ,biz , dads easy spray theres a bunch of diffrent kinds. make sure you were gloves and have proper ventilation. i would do 1 and see what a task your in for , sending them out to be striped might be more cost effective .

retisin

01:53PM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Stripper may react with the brass (chemical components may have reaction)I would try Goof -Off found at most harware stores and m enards,h ome depot,l owels.
We have used it on brass,copper,and aluminum without any problems.
Alot cheaper too.

doug seibert

04:44PM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Just remove them and boil them in a pot of water.........30 minutes in boiling water usually softens all the paint

mattyd

12:10PM | 02/09/04
Member Since: 02/04/04
34 lifetime posts
these are painted with oil if there a hundred years old. boiling them in water wont do a thing. goof off is mainely maid up of xylene & methyl carbitol and it will work . a convention stripper is mainly methyl ethyl ketone wich will work better its stronger . it mightr mess up brass but i dont think it will . thats why we just do 1 to see.

retisin

05:36AM | 02/11/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
You could also use lacqeror thinner,this doesnt affect brass either.
Get a gallon pail and let soak for 10 minutes and should be able to get it off.
Like I have said before not knocking your strippers m.d. just dont like them or use them is all to many bad experiences with them.
I will try that behr #500 though and check it out.
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