Using spray paint is an excellent way to transform the appearance of almost anything. It comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and its spray application makes it perfect for unusually shaped pieces, like hardware. If you want to replace the color or prefer the natural metal finish of your pieces, however, you need to remove the existing spray paint. Handyman Connection® of San Mateo explains how you can do so:
Boil Items in a Baking Soda Mixture
Fill an unused pot halfway with water and cover the bottom with baking soda. Place your items in the pot, bring it to a boil and let them simmer for at least 30 minutes. After you extract the items from the pot, you’ll be able to peel the paint off effortlessly. We recommend using a pot that you no longer want, as you’ll need to dispose of it afterward.
Use a Slow Cooker
If you accidentally spilled paint onto your metal switch plates or a door handle, carefully remove the pieces and its screws and put them in a crockpot. Cover with water, add at least two tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent, and “cook” on low overnight. When done, you will be able to brush the paint off easily with a toothbrush. Be sure you work quickly, as the paint will harden fast once removed from the cooker.
Buy a Chemical Paint Remover
If you don’t want to go through all the trouble of boiling your items, you can just buy paint removers at the local hardware store. We recommend working in a well-ventilated area and wearing the proper protective gear like rubber gloves and safety goggles to shield yourself from the chemicals. Apply the remover to the metal according to the directions. Once the paint bubbles up from the surface, chip it off with a paint scraper and use a scrubbing pad for hard-to-reach places. Wipe the surface with a damp rag and wash the metal off with water.
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