Closeup of detail
Here's the only before pics that I took. But you get the idea.
Note the lovely shade of green-what were they thinking!?
As you can see, the seat was discolored and needing some coverage.
For paint removal I use Back to Nature Multi Strip. It's a "greener" product and will encapsulate any lead paint. We've been using it in our kitchen renovation of an 1829 farmhouse- works great! Most of the time it comes off like butter. The key is putting on a thick enough layer and waiting 24-48 hrs. It is well worth the wait.