Instead of using an old pot, I bought an old crock pot at a thrift store and use it to remove paint from hardware! how to easily remove old paint from old hardware using only soap and water - so simple!
Pour citrusstrip brand paint stripper into a metal container using an old paint brush, cover painted area you want to strip. Cover with garbage bags let sit 24 hrs. Scrape use mineral spirits to remove rest of paint and citrusstrip.
How to remove paint from hardware. Hot water in old crock pot paint stripping. Soak painted hardware in hot water to loosen many layers of paint and make cleaning much easier. Works on most paints. Not so on finishes like lacquer.
paint thinner on a file cabinet - taking it down to its natural metal jmoinajo edit: if you wait to seal it, you will get strange rust patterns from humidity. Seal with a clear gloss as soon as you like what you see.