How do I refinish outside door locks?

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I live in the desert and the sun has taken it's toll on my door locks and knobs. I would like to refinish them. The current "plating" is coming off and I find athe unlying metal to look pretty bad. The locks and handles are otherwise in good condidtion. I need to know what prep work would be necessary before putting on another finish that will not quickly conme off. Replacing with new would be quite expensive and because of the handle configuration difficult to find one that will fit.

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