How to remove paint from hinges

by Pam

how to remove paint from hinges on cabinets doors still attached . want to paint kitchen but so much painted over hinges , screws won't budge.

will i need to cut around hinge to remove so that the paint doesn't come off in chunks around hinge making even more prepping nessecary???

NOTE : cabinet doors are still attached to base and uppers. must be 5 layers of paint over screws and outside of hinge.

need a way to get paint off screws and hinges so i can clean hinges or maybe replace hinges

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    • Deb K Deb K on May 02, 2020

      I think it will, the softening should soften all coats, still gonna be some work but it will come off. You will need to use a razor knife to remove them, cut along the edges all the way around.

  • Dee Dee on May 01, 2020

    I removed the paint with acetone. The kind you get in Lowes or Home depot not nail polish remover. Use in a well ventilated area. Get the paint off the screws then use a screw driver to get the screws out. Remove the hinges, and place in boiling water with a few drops of Dawn. Let sit overnight. Paint will come right off.

    • Pam Pam on May 02, 2020

      I added pictures , will this still work ..

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on May 01, 2020

    Here is a nice video tutorial for you:

    • Pam Pam on May 02, 2020

      this wont work , hinges still on cabinets

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 01, 2020

    Scuff with steel wool. If there is any peeling, you need to scrape first, I would use a metal scraper.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 02, 2020

    Hello. I would suggest putting the hinges in a mason jar with paint remover.

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 02, 2020

      My goodness I now see your situation is extreme. If you can uncap the paint off the screw head you should be in business to get the doors off. This indeed is an extreme paint build up and I sincerely hope that you find the perfect solution.

      After getting the screw heads uncovered is key with careful cautious mechanical removal attempts as not to ruin the slotted head....stripping the head.

      Please-Be careful if using a chemical stripper by reading directions and cautions...dropcloth eye protection gloves might be necessary. The vertical presentation is challenging you don't want chemicals splashing around. Best wishes.

  • Dee Dee on May 02, 2020

    Take a cotton ball soaked in acetone. Tape it to the hinges, the side with the screws. Let sit for about 1/2 hour. then take a scraper or exacto knife and get the paint off well enough to use a screwdriver. Unscrew the hinges and take screwdriver to side of hinge to take off, Once you get the hinges off, boil them in hot water. Let sit till cool and you should be able to get all the paint off if you want to reuse those hinges.

  • Dee has great suggestions. If acetone doesn’t work, you could try paint thinner.

  • William William on May 03, 2020

    To remove the hinges use a flat blade screwdriver and place it over the screw slot and bang the handle with your palm. The paint should chip off the screw heads. Then you can unscrew them. Use a utility knife and cut the paint around the hinge. To remove the paint since there is so much, you can soak in Citristrip stripper or boil them in water on the stove

  • Cha48825205 Cha48825205 on May 03, 2020

    Dremel with sanding or wire wheel attachment

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 26, 2024

    I think I would paint over the lot and then if you wanted the hinges to be a different colour. Use an art Brush!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 26, 2024

    Use Citristrip, a non toxic paint stripper, since it is so heavily painted, cover the area with plastic wrap to keep it moist.