Step 3: Break The Paint's Grip

illustrated diagram for removing a painted-over hinge break paint's grip
Illustration Harry Bate
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Place the tip of a screwdriver in a clean slot, and give it a light tap with a wood mallet. The shock will break the paint's grip on the screw so that you can back it out. For this to work, the screwdriver's tip has to be in good condition, with square edges and sharp corners.
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