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Old 06-17-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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Refinishing Door Hinges?

Hi All, new member here. Been looking for a good online resource for my projects and hoping this is it.

I'm working on a project and have replaced our doors and selected new knobs of the brushed nickel look.

I'd like to reuse the existing hinges. They were covered in paint, so I boiled them and got the paint off. What was revealed looks like a sort of brassy stain or finish. Underneath are silver hinges that would match my knobs fairly well if the stain was removed.

Can I remove the stain? Should I be worried about rust, etc. if I do? Thanks for any ideas.


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Old 06-17-2014, 10:44 PM   #2
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Go buy new hinges.


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Rather than a stain the hinges have been plated to prevent rusting. By researching - hinge plating - we can see some of the different finishes / methods by which this is accomplished.

The plating is very thin and could probably be removed to bare steel with a buffer and polishing compound but would be labor intensive and the end result would be rust of course without a lacquer coating or similar.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:16 AM   #4
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Go buy new hinges.
Ditto.....especially if your 'hourly pay' is more than the price of a hinge.
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Since you replaced the knobs, hinges are similar quality and not worth restoring. Unless you can confirm stainless, solid brass (not yours, probably) or special caps on pins.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:29 AM   #6
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Boy....Wow.... I am a cost conscious, don't waste type person.... but I can not fathom trying to strip and restore those....

new hinges, especially bought in bulk, (go to the internet if the box store does not have volume options) are not cost prohibitive... especially now that brushed nickel is no longer a specialty type item.



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