Using a chemical paint stripper - follow the manufacturer's instructions, use plenty of newspaper
(or other protective material) to protect the flooring and surrounding areas. Keep the area well ventilated.
Start at the top and work downwards using a scraper to lift the paint off once the stripper has caused it to lift.
Really thick layers of paint may need more than one application of paint stripper. A small ball of wirewool can be used to remove
any small, stubborn areas of paint.
Some old priming paints are little affected by some chemical paint strippers, these are generally only very thin coatings and
can be left and just rubbed down with glass paper.
Once all the paint has been removed, the woodwork needs to be washed down with plenty of warm water (or as directed by the manufacturer)
to remove the chemical stripper and to neutralise it.
Using a blow torch - keep moving the blow torch nozzle across the surface about 75mm (3 inches)
away from it to avoid scorching the wood.
Do not use a blow torch near to glass (as it will cause the glass to crack), plastic or combustible material, use a chemical
stripper on these areas.
Starting at the top and working downwards, strip the paint from the mouldings first and then move onto the larger areas.
Once the paint has started to lift, use a scraper to strip it off - have a suitable container to hand so that the hot paint
can be collected (once cooled, the paint can become hard and brittle - treading on it will just cause lots of dirty dust).
Using a heat gun - use a heat gun in the same way as described above for a blow torch and
taking the same precautions.