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  • Saint Simons Island, GA
Asked on May 18, 2017

How to remove brass hinges & plates from a Chinese chest?

SharonDonnaHillela G.


3 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 19, 2017

    Are the screw slots filled still with paint? If so, use remover, and something to carefully clean them out,(I use something like a single edged razor blade) and try again. You might see if the plumbers' trick works. Spray with some WD40, or liquid wrench, then bang them a few times to help loosen the screws. Bang carefully only on the metal parts. Sometimes that works. Otherwise, it's a slow, tedious process to get those screws to start moving.

  • Donna
    on May 19, 2017

    They are more like rivets w no screw slots. The opening to the doors are just flat to the wood w pulls & no other raised surfaces. There are brass caps on the legs.
    I know it's not that old as it was made in "People's Republic of China" (labels) (although that could have been a while ago!) at a "lacquer & inlaid gold" workshop.
    Other sources just say clean it & use paste wax for the wood, but cleaning the brasa would make a big difference too.
  • Sharon
    on May 26, 2017

    If they are just added with tiny brass pin nails, I just pry them up using an eyeglass flat screwdriver.
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