My friend G was helping out around the row house and started playing with a few stripping compounds when Michelle stopped by to say hello. We were transfixed by the array of chemicals he had splayed out like an alter to try and get through the painted fireplace.
G tried Citristrip first and it worked liked a charm ... on the first layer. It instantly bubbled the latex paint, causing it to peel away in large gauzy sections (not unlike over-sized and over-used panties). However it didn't work as easily on the deeper layers. And there were many many many layers. It was a rainbow really. Why anyone would paint a slate fireplace beige, green, black, pink, purple, white is beyond my comprehension.