Removing paint from "antique'd" door hardware


Can anyone suggest a good method to remove paint (could be oil based) from the "antigue'd brass" hardware of a door lock, without messing up the origional finish?
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We just stripped all the brass hardware / knobs on all our doors. We boiled them in water for 20minutes to 1/2 hour and the paint wiped off fine. Polished them up and sprayed on a clear laquer (sp). Perfect.
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Bob F wrote:

This project will be trial and error. The original finish is probably shellac or lacquer. Polyurethane is also possible.
Things to try, in order: * Heat - Use a hair drier to heat up the paint. Paint gets softer when it's hot. Scrape carefully, maybe just with a fingernail. If you get it too hot, the old finish will come off too. Don't use a paint stripping gun. * Gentle abrasion - Maybe really fine sandpaper will do it for you. Try 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper with water. * Scraping - Heck--maybe just some judicious work with a knife will do it. * Solvents - Experiment with different solvents to see what dissolves the paint but not the original finish. Test the original finish in a hidden spot. Denatured alcohol might dissolve latex paint or shellac, but won't touch much else. * Strippers - Paint stripper will take off pretty much anything, but it will get the original finish too. See what happens if you take off *all* the finish on the back. Does the antiqueing come off too? If not, strip the sucker and spray it with polyurethane. * Replacement - How much is your time worth? Get a new one.
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Bob F wrote:

"antiqueing" will come off. In my experience, the antiqued stuff is very thin brass plate with lacquer sprayed on. If you are handy with a sprayer you can redo the antiqueing.
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