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Remove paint from door hinges without removing them! Save yourself time and energy with this simple and easy hack to removing paint on door hinges! Don't worry about taking a door down, or boiling hinges in vinegar or harsher chemicals. This simple trick will remove paint from hinges in a snap!
So let's see the before and the after so you can see exactly what I've done. I'm not a very strong girl and I didn't want to have the hassle of taking a door off and trying to figure out if I could hang it level and correctly again. They say that necessity is the mother of all invention, and that was very true here. Those door hinges were driving me nuts and I was going to figure out the easiest way to fix them!
Remove Paint From Hinges Without Removing The Door!
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We bought our house brand new, straight from the builder. Apparently the painters our builder used didn't waste their time surfing Pinterest. Otherwise they would have known about this clever little trick! Granted, our house is 5 years old now and Pinterest or the post from UglyDucklingHouse didn't exist, but hey, these were professional painters people! Anyhow, in case you are painting doors (or hiring someone to do so) please share this tip so you don't have to go through the process of stripping hinges of paint!
Anyhow, our interior doors for the most part were done correctly. The painters had painted over the hinges on our back door, front door, and the door going to the garage. Here are a few pics of their stellar job. Maybe they thought it would look more cohesive being the same color? I'm really trying to wrap my mind around why they did this, rather than just assuming they were really lazy.
Please notice the bead board wall I'm building next to it. Blood, sweat and tears--It will be shared in the next few days. Please excuse all the filled nail holes and the wood trim pieces that are trying to take over the spotlight.
Are those not the most awesome WHITE hinges Ever???
Here's the thing. We paid for those brushed nickel hinges. And brushed nickel hinges ye shall have! Well, that's what I told myself.
Here's what you need:
I found this solution online a year or two ago, and sadly I don't remember the source. I've modified it a bit, but the main supply is the same. A magic eraser. It's that simple. Is there anything this little tool can't do? I was skeptical at first, but it was so inexpensive that there was no reason not to try it.
Remove paint from door hinges supplies:
1. Magic Eraser (the original works better), I'm using another brand cause I had it on hand
2. Plastic scraper - mine was a Pampered chef scraper that came with a stone purchase. Great, because they don't scratch!
3. Toothpicks (for getting in those tiny creases)
4. A beverage. Mine is of the adult persuasion, whatever makes the job easier for you! Had it been in the morning, coffee would have been on the menu!
5. ELBOW GREASE! Get ready for a bunch of scrubbing! I also kept a bucket next to me to rinse the eraser out. I've actually had a reader ask "what is elbow grease". I hadn't considered that others might not use this term. It usually means hard labor, like vigorous scrubbing.
But it's so worth it when you see this:
Much better, huh? It looks like a few specks remain, but that is actually the flash off my camera reflecting in the awesome brushed nickel finish. I kept walking back into the room just to see the hinges. I mean really, what a difference!
Hope this helps somebody else out!
You'll get better pics of the finished hinges when the finished wall pics go up!
In case you need some other cleaning tips, you might enjoy these:
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