A customer told me they were going to strip and refinish their 1880’s trim.
I took a look and immediately knew their impressive, built-up mouldings were painstakingly woodgrained by hand with probably 4-5 shades of paint. Door panels had mirror image woodgrain painted on–very convincing. They were shocked to be informed that their exotic “wood grain” was an illusion.
It would have been a bigger shock to get the chemical stripper on there and watch the wood grain dissolve into a sticky brown mess.