Step 2: Remove the plates

remove plate on door
Photo: Eric Piasecki
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Carve out paint buildup in the screw slots with the knife. Back out the screws, but don't apply a lot of pressure or you can slip and gouge the metal. Pry off the escutcheons.
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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