Well, I figured that I better strip them before we put them back up (we had to remove our doors to refinish the floors). Stripping paint off of solid metal hardware is quite an easy and quick process...
- remove hardware
- put into old crock pot (mine was from college but they have them at goodwill or estate sales all the time)
- add a tablespoon or two of TSP
- cover with water
- heat for several hours
- wash hardware off in warm/hot water using a scrub or tooth brush and the old paint just melts away
Also a picture of the new nickel hinges that I purchased from Rejuvenation for the bathroom-the original nickel hardware was missing and the new hinges fit right in with no adjustments needed-wow, we were lucky! Now just to stain the doors and put it all back up! Living without privacy is interesting but I guess a necessary step in home restoration. :)