another hint that I can add here is to use about a cup of corn meal to help keep the stripper under control. Liquid stripper and paste can be very messy. Paint the stripper on the surface and let it do its work, but before removing the stripper add a heavy dusting of corn meal to soak up the liquid.
No fuss and no mess
You might have to do this three or four times
Finish with lacquer thinner and "0000" steel wool
It sounds like a lot more work then it actually is.
I used this approach to refinish furniture for 15 years.