stripping/sanding moldings

hello,
i recently moved in a new appartment. The doors/windows in this appartment all have wooden mouldings around them. The previous tenants did the bvig mistake of painting over the wooden mouldings with what i believe is oil-based paint. The paint is getting old, and after chipping some of it off with my fingernail, i noticed there were 2 distinct paints jobs done on the mouldings, so i'd guess probably around 6 coats of paints.
anyway, i was thinking of getting gel solvent to spread on the moulding and remove the paint, and sand the mouldings before staining/varnishing them.
the mouldings have ornamental longitudinal grooves made them, and i was wondering how work in these areas. I know i can use a copper brush to remove the dissolved paint from the grooves, but still have no clue on how to sand efficiently between the grooves (except for sanding manually with sandpaper, which is out of the question if i don't want to spend all year to sand my mouldings). any tools you recommend? i saw some sort of sponge-like sanding block at the hardware store, but i don't know if they'll do the job properly cause they look too soft and not coarse enough. have any of you guys used some of these?
TIA fred
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STEP ONE: *ASK*THE*LANDLORD* before doing anything. If you go ahead and 'do it', and they "don't like" what you did, you get to pay for      putting it back to the way _they_ like it.
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Tiny scrapers, dental pics & scalers. It's a long and tedious job. You shouldn't have to sand much inside the details unless you fuzz up the grain when scraping.
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