Step 1: Cut the paint

cut paint on door hardware with utility knife
Photo: Eric Piasecki
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Protect the surrounding paint from damage by carefully scoring the perimeter of each escutcheon plate with a utility knife. Loosen the set screw holding the knob to its spindle and slide out the pieces.
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    Tools List

    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • Nylon brush
    • Crockpot & tongs

    Shopping List

    1. LIQUID DETERGENT
    for use in hot soak of hardware

    2. BEESWAX POLISH
    to polish the stripped hardware

    3. SOFT POLISHING CLOTH
    to apply polish to hardware

    4. METHYLENE CHLORIDE
    chemical stripper, if needed