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06-05-2004, 08:26 PM
Our kitchen cabinets are mdf or something similar painted white; the "brass" plating on the hinges has either rusted or tarnished. I would like to paint (white) - in place - the exposed part of the hinges. Shellac first? Kind of paint? Any other thoughts or suggestions? tia, Shel
06-07-2004, 11:09 PM
Take all the shine off with steel wool, wipe down with degreaser on a lint free rag, let dry, don't touch with fingers, then paint.
Hit them with coarse scotchbrite, then with a small wire brush to get the corners, use fine sandpaper first if necessary. Clean them well with alcohol, then prime with 2 light coats of Zinsser primer/sealer from an aerosol can. I have done this several times with excellent long-term results.
06-10-2004, 08:45 PM
Remove any loose tarnish with scothbrite;coat with shelac then paint. My experience with rust is that if you dont seal it with shelac it will just continue to rust and lift the paint. I learned this from an older painter. I did not recall this until many years later when I was trying to stop the rust spots on my car. I tried this method and it worked for me.
06-12-2004, 09:47 PM
From bitter experience: Avoid "steel wool: when practicable. It leave splinters sticking up and they rust. Chrome is ruined. I have several guns that were "cleaned" by a well meaning friend that have rust spots from that wool. Stainless or scotch-brite works better for me.
07-22-2004, 05:26 PM
A few suggestions: when replacing worn hinges, swap any right handed hinges with left swing ones.(They will present a non worn wearing section and the doors will ride higher like when new. (This works just as well on entry and passage doors too)
If you buff the hinges to remove oxidation, multibleuse a wire wheelin any electric drill Wear eye protection and grip the hardware with Vise Grips
Clean with lacquer thinner. wipe with clean rag then SPRAY WITH EPOXY PAINT
The screws can be sprayed 'enmasse',by poking multiple holes in the bottom of a corrigated cardboard box with an icepick then stick in the screws.
07-23-2004, 11:08 AM
"...swap any right handed hinges with left swing ones.(They will present a non worn wearing section..."
That gets filed in the whydidn'tIthinkothat folder.
Yeah Doc, I won't allow steel wool on my property. It serves absolutely no useful purpose. Not only that but I can't stand the nasty aftertaste it leaves in my mouth when I have used the fine wool for something. Haven't used it in decades.
07-24-2004, 01:40 PM
Evan: Once had a "jokester" stuff my pipe with steel wool. I would load pipe with 'baccy and let it "rest". He re-loaded with 'baccy and steel fine steel wool. Tasted bad and the damn wool will burn (or rust real fast). I put using steel wool under the list of things you only try once on most jobs.
Steel wool in my PIPE! I have been smoking a pipe for near on 40 years. That would be grounds for justifiable homicide.