Okay, after a bit of looking around on the internet, I've decided to try boiled linseed oil to try and get the paint off the chair. Sounds like if you soak it in this oil, it will soften up and be able to be gently scraped off, or rubbed off with a cloth. Then there wouldn't be the need to remove the original finish. Worth a try! I've called the local hardware store and they have a pint of it in stock for 3 bucks. I'll pick it up today on the way home from E's school.