Enter the stage: Citristrip!
Yep, we entered the stage of chemical war fare. I'd heard and read good things about citristrip and wanted to give it a shot before breaking out hammer and chisel in an attempt to get past the layer of black doom. yes, I know, we do have plans repainting the staircase in black but we sort of expect the new coat to stick and not peel off after a week or two. Armed with gloves (I skipped the goggles, I'm a dare devil like that) I poured me a cup of citristrip and slathered it on. My, it does smell nice. Not so nice too close up which lets you catch a whiff of chemical sharpness but quite pleasant when you're keeping what is usually considered a good reading distance.
The underlaying layer of off-white vintage paint (milk paint, perhaps?) its still going strong which means I'll have to either try a second application of Citristrip or clean it up as much as I can, degloss it and call it a day. I know the primer will stick to that, fortunately.
Stripped handrail waiting for a final clean up, a sanding and a new coat of paint.
Sooo ... been stripping anything fun lately?