How to Salvage Old Painted Over Hardware?

How to Salvage Old Painted Over Hardware?

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Janel Laban
Aug 24, 2010

Q: My wife and I just moved into a pretty cool new place that has a lot of old charm. Unfortunately, the previous tenant hastily painted over a lot of things. Some doors (like our medicine cabinet) have been painted over just too much so that they don't quite close. Is there a good way to salvage the old hardware without destroying the surrounding paint? Can I make the doors less sticky simply by sanding?

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