Painting Door Hardware Painting Door Hardware

What You'll Need
Old crock pot
Dish detergent
Paint remover
Metal or plastic paints

Door hardware is everything that is added to the door, such as handles, knockers, locks, hinges, bolts and chains. These items are typically metal, usually aluminum or brass, although it is also possible to purchase nylon plastic door hardware. If you are doing some decorating as part of your home improvement, you may find that your door furniture no longer matches the rest of the room. Older metal may also become cracked or rusty, so there are a few reasons why you might consider painting your door hardware. This is a simple job which can be managed in a few hours by following one or two simple steps.

Step 1 - Remove the Old Paint

The first thing that you need to do is remove the old paint from the device. This can be done using an old crock pot and some heat. First, loosen the paint by slicing it with a knife. Unscrew all of the hardware, place it into the pot, and add enough water to cover all of your hardware. Put in two spoonfuls of dish soap, and place the water on a low heat. Allow the hardware to 'cook' for several hours. Once the pot has been boiling for a while, take the hardware out of the pot. You should be able to remove most of the old paint by pulling it off with your fingers. Stubborn pieces can be cleaned off with a paint remover such as turps, added to a cloth. Hardware which has rusted should be cleaned carefully, using a metal rust remover, or thrown away and replaced with a new set.

Step 2 - Painting the Hardware

Once the hardware is clean of all old paint, leave it on a towel to dry. Lay out a base paint which matches your decor, and begin by dipping the larger edges into the paint. A door handle, for example, can be easily coated. Using a paintbrush, add in fiddly details such as the sides, holes where screws should go, and other places. Leave the hardware to dry again. Once it is mostly dry, remove any excess paint, and then add a second layer over the top. This should be applied with the paintbrush. Make sure that there is no dried paint in the screw holes, and then leave to dry a second time. You should make sure that the coat is even, and that your paint is not smeared before you begin to varnish the hardware.

Step 3 - Finishing the Hardware

Once the hardware has completely dried, add a layer of varnish over the paint, using a second paintbrush. This will help keep the hardware clean, and prevent the paint from becoming chipped. Allow the varnish to dry, and then push the screws back through the holes. Place the hardware onto the door, and screw in tightly, adding a layer of caulk around exterior hardware to protect it against rain damage. Taking a very thin brush, add paint to any places where it has been missed.

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