Many home do-it-yourselfers may be surprised to learn that an average crock pot can serve more purposes than just making a delicious stew. In fact, a crock pot can effectively remove old paint off of small glass or porcelain pieces. You can also strip paint from small metal objects such as door knobs, hinges, outlet covers and even hardware like nuts, bolts and screws. The constant heat provided by the crock pot, combined with a bit of detergent, will loosen the paint with little to no effort on your behalf.
Things You'll Need
- Old Toothbrush
- Old Towel
- Plastic Tongs
- Crock Pot
- Beeswax Polish
Remove the objects that have been covered in old paint. For instance, if you want to remove the paint from a door hinge, unscrew the hinge from the door. Do not attempt to remove paint from plastic objects using the crock pot method.
Place the painted objects into the crock pot -- preferably an older one you no longer use for cooking. Pour just enough water into the crock pot to fully cover the objects and add approximately 2 tbsp. liquid laundry detergent. Place the lid onto the crock pot and adjust the heat setting to “Medium.”
Slow-cook the painted objects overnight.
Lift the lid off of the crock pot the next morning, and carefully remove one object using a pair of plastic tongs. You will notice that some of the old paint will have already peeled away. Allow any remaining objects to continue soaking in the crock pot while you work.
Place the object onto an old towel. Grip the object with your tongs and use an old toothbrush to brush away any remaining paint. Pay special attention to any tiny crevices or detail work in order to remove all of the paint. If the paint begins to harden, place the object back into the hot water of the crock pot and soak it for a few minutes before brushing it again. For extremely fine detail work, use a toothpick to dig out any remaining paint.
Remove the next object and brush the remaining paint away in the same manner. Continue until you’ve finished removing all the paint from each object.
Apply a thin coat of beeswax polish to the clean objects, if they are metal. Use an old cloth or towel to rub the beeswax onto the surface.
Arthur Barnhouse has written numerous short stories, contributed content to various websites and was an invited speaker at a university symposium on creative writing. He began writing in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Barnhouse has driven across the United States numerous times and draws upon his travel experiences in his writing.