Natural paint stripper - Paint Stripper Recipe #2 Thoroughly mix together 1 cup borax, 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup washing soda and 2 cups water. Brush on woodwork or furniture, let stand for at least 30 minutes, and then wipe with warm water and steel wool. This will work on most old paints and varnishes, especially if there aren't several coats involved
The best paint stripper. Old school KleanStrip (dangerous) vs the young newcomer Citristrip (a kinder smelling non-caustic version missing the methylene chloride), daring to challenge the old school establishment.