Cannot get paint removed
I bought this beautiful vintage floor lamp. It is painted gold, pink and blue....not exactly what I want. I did sand the top wood enough to know it is pink under everything. Normally I would use my homemade lye, cornstarch and water to remove the paint but I am not sure what the wood is and if it is too soft it would get damaged. I have used paint remover to no avail. Suggestions of a great paint remover?