1. I'm repainting my door. The previous owner had painted the hinges
and the little slide lock white along with the door. I think it's lame.
Am I right? Those pieces should shine in their brass or copper or
bronze beauty, no?
2. I'm repainting my wrought iron banister. The previous owner had
selected a swampy diarrheal darkish green with a shade of yellowish
puke. And also painted the screwes that by which the banister is fixed
to the floor. I think that those too should show naturally, but here
I'm not so sure. Could leaving them unpainted, which in this case would
amount to replacing them, lead to an undesirable industrial look. Or
will it, as I hope, look cool?
Many thanks in advance!
My previous owner had done the same thing throughout the house, on both
doors and windows. I'm now in the process of either stripping all this
paint or (more often) just replacing the hardware.
I would say never paint door or window hardware. It's not meant to be
painted and definitely doesn't need it to extend life. These are all
finished pieces as is. I think painting them is poor from a design
standpoint and also just looks sloppy, because it's obvious that
whoever did the painting just didn't go to the trouble to either cover
up or remove the hardware when they painted.
This is a tougher one. I'd probably paint the screws. It depends on
what they actually look like in relation to the iron bannister.
I think it comes down to whether the screws look they're part of the
structure of the bannister or not, and whether they're the same
material (obviously they're not iron screws, but they are metal). It
would be different if you had a wood bannister with brass screws or
something. But you can always try it unpainted and see; screws don't
Painting the hardware was done, probably just being lazy! If you've got
the time and the gumption then it would definitely look better to either
strip the paint or replace the hardware. Check with you're local paint
shop to see if they have a good recommendation for how to strip the
paint without damaging the hardware. Otherwise you may end up buying
more hardware. Buying hardware is easier solution because you're going
to have to remove the old anyway whether you strip or replace.
You should work for the companies that name the paint shades. I always
wonder who can come up with those names. "Gobi Desert" is what my house
is painted with.
IMHO wrought iron should be black. And in this case I would paint the
screws/hardware so you have a nice clean look.
If you can take them apart, strip them, polish and spray with clear
laquer. Do not touch with bare hands after polishing. If they are
brass plated junk, replace them. Brass shines up very nicely, and paint
remover won't hurt it.
Might rust if not coated. Strip and clear coat with matte or gloss,
First of all, if you want to strip the hardware because you think you
will have shiny brass, copper, or bronze when you've finished, make
sure that's what you have now. I have an old house and much of the
original hardware is flat black ferrous metal; very little of it has
turned out to be brass, and none of it bronze or copper. You may still
prefer unpainted, but don't count on having pretty, shiny hardware when
you're done. (And by the way, although brass does shine up very
nicely, there is a lot of elbow grease involved in getting it there.)
Secondly, I strongly recommend checking out the most recent issue of
"This Old House" (no affiliation here, just a reader) where they had an
article about how to strip old hardware with NO stripper or chemicals
of any kind. Essentially, they soaked it in a crock pot overnight
(that's right, a regular kitchen crock pot) and the paint peeled off
with virtually no effort the next day. Not sure if the article is
online or not, but I'm sure you can get a copy of the magazine from
Uhm, that would be me, and I'm not about to put stainless steel
hardware in a Victorian house (nor was I the person who painted the
existing hardware). My point to the OP stands: If you want to strip
because you think you will have pretty hardware underneath the paint,
be warned: You may not.
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