Journey Through Septic Maintenance and Repair

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Journey Through Septic Maintenance and Repair

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How To Restore Your Door's Brass Hardware

Brass door hardware is frequently used in older homes, and over the years it can end up covered with layers of paint. Fortunately, it's not too difficult to remove all that paint and restore your brass hardware back to its original appearance. The following approach works well for virtually any brass hardware, from doorknobs and door knockers to plates and hinges.

Keep in mind that paints produced prior to 1980 were frequently lead-based, so you'll want to use caution when removing this kind of paint:

What You Will Need

  • Large Slow Cooker

  • Screwdrivers

  • Electric Drill with Bits

  • Dishwashing Liquid

  • Rubber Gloves

  • Protective Eyewear

  • Dust Mask

  • Scraper

  • Pair of Tweezers

  • Cheesecloth

  • Polishing Agent for Brass

  • Clean Cotton Cloth

  • Toothbrush

Step 1. Put on protective gloves, eye wear and a dust mask.

Step 2. Scrape away any paint covering the hardware screws. In particular, you want to get the paint away from the center of the screws so you can take them out with a screwdriver. It may take a little effort, but you should be able to get the screws out eventually.

If not, use an electric screwdriver with an appropriate bit to force the screws out. Try not to damage the door when you do this.

Step 3. Once you get the screws out, you may find that the hardware is still stuck to the surface of the door because of the paint. Slide a screwdriver into one of the screw hole openings and use it as a lever to pry the hardware away from the door.

Step 4. With the brass hardware inside a slow cooker, add enough water to cover the hardware by at least an inch. Add 1/4 cup of dish washing liquid. Cover the slow cooker, set it to low heat and let the hardware soak for about 10 hours. Over this time, the soap and warm water will gradually soften the layers of paint on the hardware, making it easy to remove them. Take off your protective gear.

Step 5. When the 10 hours is up, put your protective gear back on. Taking care not to burn yourself, remove the brass hardware from the slow cooker. You should be able to simply peel the paint away.

Step 6. Use your gloved hand and a pair of tweezers to get out any paint remaining in tight crevices or details on the brass hardware. If you still can't get all of the paint out, soak the hardware for one more hour and then try again.

Step 7. Rinse the hardware under the faucet and dry it completely. In order to avoid dumping lead contaminated water down your toilet, first filter the water through cheesecloth. Then pour the water down your toilet. Dispose of the cheesecloth filter and any paint you removed in your household trash after double bagging it.

Step 8. Polish your brass hardware with a brass polishing agent. Do this until you have the shine you want. Then screw the hardware back into place.

If you have other questions, contact a company like 3 R's Construction Management LLC for more help.