How to remove paint from hardware. Hot water in old crock pot paint stripping. Soak painted hardware in hot water to loosen many layers of paint and make cleaning much easier. Works on most paints. Not so on finishes like lacquer.
One of my favorite techniques when spray painting a frame is to spray some of the deep grooves black first, and then go over it with silver spray paint. It gives it a nice, dimensional look. From 10 Spray Paint Tips: what you never knew about spray paint