How to Remove Latex Paint from Antique Brass Fixtures
Removing latex paint from your antique brass fixtures is a simple task.
Step 1 – Preparations
Get out your crock pot. Put in enough warm water so that your fixtures have room to be submerged. Then you can add in a few cups of vinegar. Turn the crock pot to a medium setting so that it can warm up.
Step 2 – Soak Your Fixtures
Once your crock pot has heated up, turn the temperature down to a low setting. Carefully place your fixtures in the vinegar and water solution. They will need to sit overnight to give the paint a chance to soften.
Step 3 – Remove the Paint
By now, the latex paint should be fairly soft. Put on your work gloves and be careful as you take out the fixtures; they'll be hot. Once out, try gently rubbing them with a soft cloth. You don't want to scrub at it, as this can scratch the brass.
Step 4 – Deal with Lingering Paint
If all of the paint did not come off with the vinegar and water, try using a paint thinner to get it off. Remember to be careful and use a light hand, since you don't want your fixtures to be ruined. Polishing after these steps can help restore your brass.