Don't use toxic chemicals! Use a slow cooker to strip paint off of hardware. Buy one at a thrift store just for this purpose. Write on the side with a Sharpie that this is just for DIY - not food. Fill slow cooker with water, add your painted hardware, set dial to high and leave overnight. Awesome !!!
Ways to Clean Dried Paint From a Paint Brush: It is best to clean your brushes before the paint dries, of course, but if your brushes have dried paint on them, you can still salvage them and put them to good use again.