Another great piece given to me by a friend has these great drawer pulls that need the layers and layers of paint removed. I did a search and found a method that REALLY works with NO chemical strippers. I went onto YouTube (do you ever use YouTube for instructional videos? It's a great resource for people like me who are visual learners!) and found a guy who showed the whole process so I had to try it myself. You will need:
An old pot that you will NOT be using for cooking again
Cover the bottom of the pot with baking soda and place your hardware pieces in. I put mine in face down just because most of the paint was on that side but it doesn't matter if paint is on both sides as this process will remove it all over.
Next, fill the pot with enough water to cover the hardware.
Don't stir or anything -- just simmer, for 30 minutes.
Mixture should not boil, only simmer. One note, check periodically to make sure the water hasn't all cooked away. Mine did but it was okay and the pan cleaned up fine afterward but I'd imagine if it burned, it would be a bit of a mess. I'd say check after 20 min. or so to make sure there is still water in the pan.
Using tongs, remove the pieces and begin rolling the paint right off! It reminded me of peeling dried, school glue off of your fingers! In just a few minutes, I pulled the paint right off. I used a safety pin to reach into some of the crevices thinking I'd have to "pick" it out but NO, it just PULLED right out of there too!
The end result!
Check out the YouTube video -- he is cleaning a really old door hinge using this method. I can't wait to try this on other projects -- life-transforming! LOL
So what "tips" or "tricks" have transformed YOUR crafting life?