Applying chemical paint stripper, sanding and applying heat are some good methods for removing paint from woodwork, notes Ace Hardware. Chemical stripper is usually the fastest, easiest way to remove old paint.
To remove one or two layers of paint, apply liquid paint stripper and allow it to soak in according to label directions before scraping the paint off. To remove multiple layers of paint with chemical strippers, use the brush-on paste kind. Always follow package directions and work in a well-ventilated area.
To sand paint off woodwork, wear a mask because paint dust can get in the air, but do not sand intricately carved woodwork because sanding also removes a layer of wood.
To remove paint from woodwork using heat, hold the heat gun in one hand and a scraper in the other. Immediately begin scraping paint off when the surface gets hot. Keep the heat gun moving to avoid charring the wood, and exercise caution when handling the heat gun to avoid getting burnt.