This week I am working on a little hutch makeover. As it stands now it is pretty cute, it just needs a little bit of work. First to add a bit of bling I’m going to remove all the paint from the original hardware. Underneath the layers of paint are stainless steel hinges and fasteners.
So how do you ask is the best way to go about removing the old paint? I personally go for the least expensive and least toxic method. Boiling. All you do is add your hardware to a pot of boiling water. I would pick one that you don’t plan on using to prepare food. Just sayin’. Let the hardware boil away for about 20 minutes. Then carefully remove each piece and rub the paint off with a non-scratch scouring pad. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Because the structure of paint and metal are different the bonds in the paint are broken down at a lower temperature than the metal. Cool huh?! No nasty paint stripper required!