Step 6: Wax

waxing door hardware
Photo: Eric Piasecki
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Protect the metal with beeswax polish, rubbed out with a soft cloth. You can spray on a lacquer finish instead, but if it ever chips or wears off, the metal will have to be chemically stripped.
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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