What is the best way to remove the remaining paint from this beam?
My goal is to remove all the paint and stain it so it matches the color of the door below it. So far I've chipped and sanded away almost everything.
- The left and right side of the beam is hard to sand as it is warped from water damage, and my sheet sander won't quite get in between the edges. Should I sand by hand with a 60 or 80 grit? Hoping not to have to use paint stripper, but will if that is best solution.
- The white specs of paint throughout the beam look like paint that settled in between large cracks, chips, splinters, etc. Sander won't take it out easily. Pick it out with like a scraper? I don't want to leave gashes/divots either.
- There are some old cracks that have been filled prior, I assume I should re-fill them with wood filler before staining?