debbie, before buying paint remover (stripper) boil the metal parts in baking soda and water for a while. Then pour the water out thru a strainer and dump parts into plastic or metal bowl of ice. a lot of paint will just pop off from shock. Rest should be soft enough to scrub off. I think I said some strippers will remove thin plating that some hinges have, one of the orange oil strippers might be better, and its easier on hands. Smells good too. I am constantly being amazed at how well that stuff works. Just put some in metal bucket or can and dump in parts, stir, let sit, then wash off with water. dry parts to prevent rust.
Measure twice, cut once.
Look at the nail, not the hammer. Watch the fence, not the blade.
If you hook your thumb over your belt you won't hit it with the hammer or leave it layin on the saw table.
Behold the automatic center punch. First shot always breaks through the paint all the way to the metal and usually chips off a good amount of it. It also works great for accurately setting the location where u plan to drill a hole whether it be wood or metal. No more mis-drilled holes cuz of your bit having a mind of its own and moving slightly.
If they are straight slot screws I just use the corner of a small screwdriver and tap it with hammer. If they are phillips you have to pick the paint out or place phillips screwdriver in and whack with hammer. This also helps loosen the screw. I always heard that if they are brass screws stripper can turn them black, don"t know for a fact. If any of the holes are stripped and generally some are the simple fix is a golf tee or a dowel rod in the hole then cut off. Gives the screw some bite. Good Luck