Here is a quick tip to remove old paint from old vintage hardware.
Use a crockpot that you don’t plan on using for food. Add hot water and a squirt of dish soap. Place hardware in crockpot. Turn on high for a couple of hours.
Use tongs to remove hardware and place on a towel. Be careful, it’s hot! Don’t let it cool completely, as soon as you can handle it, start peeling off paint.
There may still be some residue left. You can the other back in the hot water for a little while then try again.
Use an extra fine 000 steel wool to buff any remaining paint.
This is an almost 100 year old cabinet that we redid. The hardware was perfect!
Here’s the link where you can see how we refinished this cabinet: Check out the before and after pics: 100 Year Old Cabinet Restore