So I saw on the internet that you can strip paint off of old hardware with boiling water and salt. WHAAAAAAAAT? Still I decided to try it. You know what? It totally works. It’s non-toxic and way less messy than using stripper.
I put maybe 1/4 cup of salt into this little pan (use an old one cuz you won’t want to use it for cooking ever again) filled with water. You can adjust the amount. Be sure to stay nearby because the water boils away pretty quickly. I learned that the hard way. The paint softens up pretty quickly. Then you will need to rub/lightly scrape it off. I used the best tool- my fingernails. You won’t want to do that if you have a pretty manicure. Maybe try some fine steel wool, or even just a rag.