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Be the first to know about This Old House contests, sweepstakes, and events and receive special offers and promotions from your favorite home improvement brands. One of my least favorite things about owning an old house is the fact that, somewhere down the line, a lazy person painted over all of the hardware throughout the house. I’ve seen a bunch of products that are intended to remove paint from items like these, but was really put off by the warning label on one. Our first summer of homeownership, I decided that I’d remove the paint from all of the doorknobs and escutcheons throughout the house. That summer, I removed all of the doorknobs and door hardware, boiled them, and replaced them. As with any old hardware, the first step to removing the paint from these window locks was to remove them from the old window sashes.
Once I uncovered the screw heads, I used the same flat-head screwdriver and a rubber mallet to clean out the groove in the head of the screw. My next step was to place all of the hardware into a pot of water and mix in some baking soda. Once they’d boiled for about thirty minutes, I set the pot aside and let it all cool off. This entry was posted in Better than store bought, DIY, Don't Hire a Professional, Eco Friendly, House Repairs, Old Hardware, Painting, Restoration, Tools and Techniques, Windows and tagged DIY, diy project, don't hire a professional, eco friendly, house repairs, old hardware, painting, removing paint, tools and techniques, tricks, windows.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. I am trying to determine the best way to remove layers of paint from wood attachments on my wall. Approximately how much would a contractor charge to remove paint off 1 door and how long would it take them ? I honestly think that you would save a tremendous amount of time, mess, and energy if you removed that wood frame from the wall and got new moldings with the detail of your choice.
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These paint strippers make Heat Guns look like a base model Honda Civic compared to a Lamborghini. Replacement windows which typicly take an hour to install and in most states will get you a tax rebate. The truth to be told, those old windows will last another 100 years if taken care of, while the new ones will need replacing in 20 years! I figure I should add to this page a bit since I have changed a few things in my company since that first post.
Solution 1: Add up-to but no more than 10% Zinc Oxide (also from Allback) to the paint in the can. I also just got a job with a customer because my window restorations came in 400$ PER WINDOW cheaper than the Window Replacement guys. This includes doorknob escutcheons, window hardware, light switch plates, and the wall registers. I googled and found an approach that seemed all too easy to me: boil the hardware in water and baking soda.

Since the screw heads were completely covered with paint, I had to scrape that off with a flat-head screw driver. Just tap tap taperoo until you scrape all of the paint out of the groove, or at least enough so that you can unscrew it. Since I was planning to repaint the window sashes, I didn’t take any care when ripping off the locks. You can see that I cut a tiny piece of wood to lift the back piece of the lock up so they would meet properly. A chemical stripper, in my opinion, is not the best choice for the situation depicted in your photos. I just really have had great results with their products over almost everything else that I have tried over the years. And my work will last 40-100 years easily, where the replacements usually start falling apart in 4-12 years. However, you do mention a door in your question, and sometimes a chemical stripper would be a convenient solution for intricate detail work provided the door could be removed and laid flat on a workbench or sawhorses.
I always charge enough so that if I had to replace the door entirely I would not lose money, so it would depend on how fancy the door is. Ive tried all paint removers legal and otherwise, and NOTHING removes old paint the way this box does.
I do not work for swede paint either, I just love thier products so much, I can't help but tell everyone I can.

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