Restoring Old Hardware

By Robert Robillard on Design

Restoring Old Hardware can yield beautiful results!

Despite the rich detail often found on older hardware, it can loose its luster over the years.

Sometimes metal hardware like knobs, escutcheon plates, handles window sash locks and hinges fall prey to messy painters, tenants and homeowners.

These people do not want to take the time to unscrew a doorknob or even just tape around it, that step generally gets passed over in favor of just painting the whole door — including knobs, hinges and existing hooks.

Restoring Old Hardware

Remove Paint from Hardware:

Restore these gems to their original beauty with an “old school” approach and  soak the hardware in a crockpot. This method uses  a bit of liquid detergent, water and heat to break the paint bond.    A light brush or scrubbing with a nylon brush removes the stubborn bits.

Polish the Hardware:

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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