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Cleaning and Repairing an Antique Mortise Door Lock

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Step 6: Free the lock face from any paint.

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Before you remove the lock mechanism from the door, you may want to score the gap around the lock front with a razor to free any paint that may be attached to the metal.

If there is paint on the lock face, then when you remove the mechanism the paint may stick to the lock face and peal off the wood of the door.
 
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