Refinishing old hardware...
My 1920's bungalow has mostly beautiful old woodwork trim, unpainted. LOVE it. However, misguided (sigh) PO's have painted some of it in two spare rooms.
Imagine the nasty language I have used about it in the past two months while stripping it all and restoring the old shellac finish ;)
Anyway, right now, I have taken the two old doors off their hinges. The original hardware is intact, but the finish of them is in rough shape. At first we thought they were brass, which had oxidized. Upon closer inspection, the finish seems to be an "antiqued" patina that isn't meant to come up shiny and new. However, PO's have slopped several coats of paint all over them as the rooms had been painted over the years. I tried scraping, the stuff's like concrete. I am wondering if I could soak them in paint stripper? I dearly want to keep the old hardware. At one point, they probably had keys to go with them, as there are keyholes (keys long gone of course!).
Any tips? Thanks in advance!