Step 4: Loosen The Hinge

illustrated diagram for removing a painted-over hinge loosen hinge
Illustration Harry Bate
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Once the screws are out, it's possible that the hinges will come off easily without chipping the surrounding paint. But if chipping does occur, cut around each leaf with a utility knife before you remove a hinge.
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    Tools List

    • respirator
      Face mask with respirator
    • Scratch Awl
      Scratch awl
    • utility knife with hook blade
      Utility knife
    • HEPA vacuum for hazardous waste
      Vacuum with HEPA filter
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • wooden mallet
      Wood mallet

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