Re: Removing paint from old Decorative Window Hinges and Door Lock Plates
Paint thinner will quickly soften latex paints. Put the parts into a metal container with a tight fitting lid (e.g. a coffee can ) and cover with paint thinner. Allow to sit for several hours or until you see the paint bubbling. Wearing nitril gloves, use a nylon brush to gently agitate the paint build up loose. Repeat as necessary. If there is a layer of oil based paint, use lacquer thinner.
Neither of these thinners will be harmful to the original finish on the hardware. You need to use a metal pan because the thinners are petroleum based which can eat through some plastics. Nitril gloves are available at any hardware store and are more resistant to petroleum based products than rubber, latex or vinyl gloves.
When you're finished, have a suitable sealed and labeled container to put the used thinner into for the next time you need to clean a paint brush or other item. Let the debris settle to the bottom of the soaking bin and then carefully pour the clear top liquid into the storage container. DO NOT pour it back into the original container or you'll contaminate your clean thinner.
The debris can be set outside to dry then tossed into the garbage can. If you need to dispose of the spent thinner, you can take the sealed container to your local hazardous materials depot for safe disposal.
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