Refinishing door hardware Part 6: The reveal! And more tips

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Home Improvement Projects

Can you hear that? I believe I hear angels singing. I love, love, love the results.

Something I have learned after completing this project? It is difficult to take interesting pictures of your door hardware. These were the best that I could do.

A peek at what they used to look like:

Fixing blunders:

A Q-tip and some paint sprayed into a disposable container will fix very small blunders that don’t go too deep. If you have a bigger mistake, let it dry overnight, resand the blunder, and repaint each step on that area. Had to do that with my oops from touching the handle much too soon.


  • You will use more spray paint if you paint outdoors. That stuff flies around with the slightest breeze, landing everywhere but on your hardware.
  • But, if you need more warmth for quicker drying, go outside on sunny days. I was able to finish before next spring by leaving the garage and using some Indian summer days in November here in Ohio.
  • You will need 2 people if you have heavy doors. Even if you only remove one hinge per door at a time, it takes two to get the hinges back on in their proper position.
  • You can remove, paint, and reinstall hardware the same day if you are very careful during the reinstallation and for days after. We did this on our exterior doors. But expect to have to fix some on these because the slightest bump marks them. If you need some inspiration for exterior door frames to make your home look the part, you may want to pop on over to sites like PLASTPRO to see what would work best with your decor.
  • We waited 48 hours on the handles before putting them back up and we didn’t have many problems with marks on them. We were careful with them for at least a week after that. We are 2+ weeks into some of the hardware and it is wearing very well. It doesn’t mark up now when you bump it.
  • At one point I needed to keep the screws for different doors/hinges separated. I did this by putting them in their own baggies with a label in the bag. When I put them on the box to be sprayed, I jabbed a screw through the appropriate baggie and kept space between bags. The label in the bag helps once the outside of the bag gets sprayed:
  • Exterior doors we have sprayed are wearing when using the key to unlock the door. I kind of expected this. Probably will get worse once we aren’t being as careful also. We mainly use the key in the garage door though, so I’m okay with it. If you use a key in a more public door, you may not be, so keep that in mind. If that were the case for me, I would replace that particular door with factory-finished hardware. Or you could look at contacting custom iron door installers for your front exterior door, it adds something unique and vintage to your home whilst being protective.
  • Small mars or small spots missed that you discover after the hardware is reinstalled can be fixed with a Q-tip. But be aware that if you have to use too much paint to repair, the finish will be shinier than that around it. Very small spots can be repaired this way.

Final numbers and the cost (32 doors and hinges):

I mostly sprayed inside the garage, but completed 5 doors handles (10 individual handles) and 52 hinges outside. You use less paint spraying inside a building.

$16 (4 cans Rustoleum Clean Metal primer)

$56 (7 cans Rustoleum Universal Advanced Formula Metallic All-Surface Paint–only used one coat)

$8 (2 cans Valspar Premium enamel in Clear Flat sealer–only used one coat)

$3 (1 package 100 grit sandpaper)

$4 (1 package steel wool)

For a grand total of $82 to transform the doors in our house!!

All posts in this series:

Refinish door hardware part 1: Supply list

Refinish door hardware part 2: Sanding

Refinish door hardware part 3: Priming

Refinish door hardware part 4: Painting

Refinish door hardware part 5: Sealing

Refinish door hardware part 6: The Reveal! And more tips

Refinish door hardware part 7: One month update

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