How can I remove paint from the hinges of my interior doors?

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The painters painted over the screws and I'm not able to remove the hinges. Help, please!

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 31, 2017
    Try using a small amount of goo-gone
  • Peg Peg on Jul 31, 2017
    Very carefully because you cannot remove the hinges.
  • Amanda Amanda on Jul 31, 2017
    You can try a little paint thinner or goo gone. on a rag or goo gone.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 31, 2017
    If it's wet use Brush cleaner, If it's Dry use a Craft knife and carefully scrape it off.
  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jul 31, 2017
    Goo Gone is used to disolve adhesive . Try paint thinner , mineral spirits or a product called Oops . It's made for painting slip ups.
  • William William on Jul 31, 2017
    Dampen the hinges with Goof Off on a cloth or paper towel. Use a putty knife or razor scraper to remove the paint. Use the corner tip of the putty knife to scrape out the paint out of the screw heads.
  • Debbie Beck Debbie Beck on Jul 31, 2017
    Try using some nail polish remover on a cotton swab. This small application will allow you to put the polish remover just on the screws.
  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 31, 2017
    I would use paint stripper and a toothbrush, they even make fine wire brushes the size of a toothbrush I use all the time. If your afraid of getting it on the woodwork, just use painters tape around the hinge.
  • Babette Babette on Jul 31, 2017
    Try a small wire brush and some goo gone spray.
  • Susan Susan on Jul 31, 2017
    a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover
  • Dee Dee on Feb 19, 2021

    Easy peasy Cyn, boil the hinges with baking soda in the water. Let sit for a few hours. When cool the paint will come right off with a scrubbie

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Feb 20, 2021

    Have a 100+ year old house. Previous owners painted over brass hinges. Tape poly around the hinges to protect the door. Then use stripper and scrape off as much as you can. Once you get the screws out, use a utiity knife and draw it around the hinge. Then use a flat head screwdriver in the screw hole to pry the hinge out of its setting. Finally, drop screws and hinge in a bath of stripper to remove residual paint. Wash with soap and water. If brass, polish it with brasso or such. Then spray with clear coat automotive. Never have to polish again.