Well let me tell you folks, its definitely possible.
You see, Paint the Town came to my neighborhood. They came and painted our apartments. It was really amazing.
What does this have to do with anything?
Well, it all started with a Schlage Handleset and a little paint.
I was like HOLY SMOKES!! They kinda missed the door!
Soo.... I took some dish soap and poured a little into a bucked of warm water.
(Now Mind you, this Handleset is old and a little scratched and tarnished)
With a little scrubbing... PRESTO!
Pretty much GOOD AS NEW!
So just remember, before you panic try a little bit of mild soap and warm water!