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Cleaning Method Three: Sandblasting



The third option is to strip the paint off the hardware by sandblasting it.

There is no video for this because it’s hard to video the process, but the pictures demonstrate how it works.   With a sandblasting system, the machine hits the hardware with tiny bits of sand, and it quickly strips off all paint, grime, and rust to take the hardware back to its original glory.  However, it also strips off any protective varnishing, so if you don’t varnish it or paint the hardware after sandblasting, it will rust or tarnish. 

I actually sandblasted most of my hardware because I didn’t know about the slow cooker method until later on, and it took me about one evening to sandblast all my window locks and handles.   Fortunately, I had an uncle with a sandblaster, but if you don’t have access to a sandblaster there are sandblasting professionals you can pay.  I think the slow cooker method is just as efficient for locks and handles, doorknobs, etc., but the sandblaster worked great too!

Removing the Hardware: If you need to first learn how to remove your hardware, watch VIDEO ONE ON THE PREVIOUS PAGE.


  • You need a sandblaster (or, better yet, take it to a sandblaster service).




Pieces before being sand blasted.
Pieces before being sand blasted.
Pieces after being sand blasted
Pieces after being sand blasted

Sandblasted Hardware Before and After

A side- by-side comparison.


Ok.  If you've checked this method out but still want to take a look at the other two methods, head over to either the Cleaning Method One: Scraping page or the Cleaning Method Two: Use a Slow Cooker page to look at those alternative cleaning/stripping methods.

OR -- if your hardware is all clean now and ready to be finished, skip to the next page, which discusses choosing a finish.  The page is called: Choosing a Finish: Spray Paint, Clear Coat, or Metal Aging.