I thought I would share this. Like everyone else who has worked on old houses. I have toiled over the removal of paint from old hardware. One day I was checking out different information on this website and ran across this Idea. I thought I would try it but I had no great expectations, because if it works, I am sure I would have heard of it before now. Well let me tell everyone, IT WORKS, I was totally surprised by the wonderful results. My brass cabinet hinges looked like brand new. Take your old hinges or other metal or glass hardware screws and all, put them in an old stainless steel or glass pan. Cover with a mixture of TSP about a tablespoon per cup of water, place on low heat. Do not boil or simmer, just get it really hot and keep it that way for 10 to 15 minutes, longer if needed. Caution : This process does produce fumes so do this in a well ventilated area. Also you should wear rubber gloves. Then let cool enough until you can handle the hardware. Rinse off with clean water. The paint should just fall off. If it doesn't, you need more of something, heat, TSP or time. The next time I wanted to do this, I was out of TSP so I tried Cascade dish washing detergent, It worked just as well or maybe better. I also placed it on the heating element of a coffee maker. That also worked very well. Now I do this in my shop and I use an old crock pot with a wire strainer. The liquid is reusable if it doesn't have too much old paint in it. I now use this method on hinges, door knobs, brass lock plates and all those screws I used to spend hours on. So if you are tired of spending lots of time with steel wool you need to try this.