<< . I'd also prefer to do the work in place, since wrestling a bunch of
shutters up and down a ladder isn't something I'm looking forward to. >>
Time for a reality check here.
If ladders make you uncomfortable, rent some scaffolding, it make the work go
many times faster and safer. If the price makes you break out in hives, grit
your teeth and resign yourself to ladder work.
Find a shop that does furniture stripping. Get prices per shutter. Take down
one shutter. Slop on the paint stripper, check the time and start scraping.
When all the old stuff is off, wash with lacquer thinner and you're ready to
do a light sanding, Check your time. Over 2 hours, right? Multiply that times
the number of shutters. If the stripping shop says $10 a shutter, you're paying
yourself $5 an hour with no benefits. So it is obvious that the fastest,
neatest way is to let the specialists do their thing and you do yours. So take
down the rest of the shutters, throw them in your Lexus SUV and off to the
stripper's shop. Sand, paint and reinstall and you should have an outstanding
result. Good luck.