I am remodeling a house that is over a 100 years old. I want to keep the home as original as I can. The house has a huge wrap around porch with seven 8 ft high 12 inch diameter fluted columns supporting the porch roof. All of the wood on the columns are in good shape. There are small chunks of old paint allover the column that was not completely scrapped off and painted over & over again. Some as thick as a 1/16 of an inch when I knocked a few pieces off with a wood chisel. I bought several brands of paint stripper, one claims it can take off 10 coats of paint, but they barely put a dent in the old paint. A wire brush on a drill does nothing. Any ideas how I can strip off this old paint without damaging these old columns? If I repaint them as is, they will still look bad up close.
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