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Is there a way to refinish this door knob. It's forty years old. Would like to keep it but do not like spots
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  • Amber Amber on Nov 25, 2013
    I think there is a product called rub and buff for metallics. If you want to go dark, rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint is nice
    • D Lawless Hardware D Lawless Hardware on Dec 02, 2013
      @Amber Yes, great idea. Rub and Buff works great. I'd imagine there would be a reasonably good looking antique finish after that. But then you could paint it whatever after. Be sure and get a paint made for heavy use though and a color that is resistant to wear.
  • Melinda Melinda on Nov 25, 2013
    Tape it off and spray paint it....simple
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Nov 26, 2013
    Amber idea is right on the money! After I used the rub and buff I would go a step further and seal it with a polyurethane spray.
  • Marietta Marietta on Nov 26, 2013
    I wasn't sure the spray paint would be durable. That's why I wanted confirmation. I painted some things and was sorry when it was coming off in a few months and had a bigger problem than when I started.
  • John Reilly John Reilly on Nov 26, 2013
    If you use a polyurethane spray try to find a SPAR varnish, it is for out side weather.
  • Debbie Machmer Debbie Machmer on Nov 26, 2013
    I have been cleaning up all the hardware in my Craftsman home. I boil the hardware in dish detergent and use very fine steel wool to clean it. I work with it while it's still hot, cleans up beautifully. If metal is rusty soak it in kerosene, again, works like a charm...depending on the extent of rust.
  • Jann Jann on Nov 27, 2013
    I agree with the responses already given-spray paint and seal it. Will look brand new!
  • Diana Diana on Nov 27, 2013
    Agree with everyone! Krylon is the spray paint I use and I've never had problems .
  • Susan Cryor Susan Cryor on Nov 27, 2013
    oh, I have the exact door new home. Tried many products to get them looking new finally used bar keepers cleanser...they look great....mostly they were filthy, never cared for or even cleaned
  • Susan Cryor Susan Cryor on Nov 27, 2013
    sorry, our new home, not newly built! The house was built in 1975 BTW if there some of the knobs that appear " loose" have hubby take off knobs and give the spring / coil a slight pull to tighten it up again
  • Sandra R Sandra R on Nov 27, 2013
    we just used a dermal tool to sand it down.....went too far though. not easy.
  • Patty A Patty A on Nov 27, 2013
    spray painting would cover it's lovely patina. I read somewhere where you could take off old hardware on dressers, etc and soak in a natural solution of something to was on this site ...check out dresser refinishes!
  • Gail lichtsinn Gail lichtsinn on Nov 27, 2013
    rub and buff is a wax..Its been around for years..It will actually repel water..If you want to try to seal it you might want to wipe some on paper and try a sealer over that before you spray the knob itself..It might repel some sealers or some sealers might melt it enough to make it sticky...Never tried a sealer on it before..
  • C&K Custom Remodeling C&K Custom Remodeling on Nov 28, 2013
    By the time you consider labor and materials, assuming you value your time, you are better off just replacing a door knob.
  • Summer Godfrey Summer Godfrey on Nov 29, 2013
    You can try this -
  • Jody Jody on Dec 10, 2013
    We are painting updating all our trim and could not buy new hardware to expensive. So I bought Rustolem Satin Nickel and works great. They were all the polished brass and now look brand new and wearing great. Its in a Taller can with a better sprayer. You will know it and for it at Lowes
  • Carolyn Padolsky Carolyn Padolsky on Feb 01, 2014
    how do I put a price on my time used to refinish an old beautiful doorknob? After all I'm using time I would have used doing nothing. I get paid nothing using time this way so what am I out, @Lloyd?
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Feb 20, 2016
    Time is priceless. If you enjoy doing renovations it's never a waste of time. I enjoy home renovations myself even if it takes me "forever" no matter what project I'm working on. Reusing old items is a good thing. I like using vintage items. Best of luck.
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