Heat guns, sanders, scrapers, chemical removers all work & with a little care won't damage the wood - if that paint has lead in it, you would be best looking at the chemical alternative.
Thank you so much!
Sharon also on the lead paint side of things. You can test for lead with swabs that are sold at most home centers now. Cut into the paint slightly to reveal the many layers that may be present and simply wipe the test swab on the cut. If lead is present it will change color. If you still want to use the heat gun method, which can be fast and sometimes easy. If the paint comes back positive for lead you need to wear a mask that is designed to protect against lead paint fumes. These are the masks that have the round cartridges on each side. You purchase the cartridges for this type of chemical. Lastly do this outside or in a very well ventilated area. Have a fire extinguisher handy if the paint gets to hot and catches fire.
It's paint from a couple of years ago, so i'm thinking there shouldn't be any lead in it. Or do they still put lead in paint? Thanks!
No lead is no longer put in paint. But if there is older paint under it may contain it.
No, there is no paint under it. Thanks so much for your help!
Heat gun will work fine. Just remember it gets HOT and will soften any putty holding the glass in place as well.
Sharon, maybe you'll find this post from @2 Little Superheroes helpful: http://www.hometalk.com/1257776/my-trick-to-make-furniture-stripping-super-easy
Yes Sharan try Citrustrip, it's safe enough to use indoors. You just need to let it sit on the wood for a few hours (normally overnight).