If you missed my earlier post on Stripping Hardware Without Harsh Chemicals, you can find it here.
What a difference a day makes. I thought I'd check on my stripping bath and take photos to show how the paint was softening up day by day, (that's why I have the "1 Day" sign) but they're looking pretty good already.
See how the paint is all bubbled up? Let's give them a test.
This is the knob that was on the back of the bathroom door.
The majority of the paint slides tight off and my heart races! I think I know what this knob is.
It's a Bennington knob or, probably more accurately, a Rockingham knob! I've looked at them in antique salvage shops and I love them. It's a porcelain knob with glazed finish "made to present a close imitation of the richest shell..." by the maker's own description. Probably made in mid to late 1880s.
Isn't that amazing? Can you imagine painting over it? Was this like a harvest gold refrigerator at one time and someone decided painting it pink was a better idea?
Oh, I'd recommend wearing gloves. I'm sure this is lead paint. (Do as I say, not as I do.)
This is one I showed the other day.
All but the first coat just slides right off.
And, as I thought, it's white porcelain. Not as handsome as the other one. So someone used two old mismatched knobs and they just painted them -- hospital green -- to match.
One of the back plates.
Several layers come right off. A few are left behind. They're going back in to the bath.
Not a lot of work, right?
I wish stripping the door would be this easy.