Paint stripping

Hello,
Our garage fascia is old and peeling, so I want to strip the paint back to the wood and start again. What is the best way to do this? Is it by sanding, heating, or with chemical like nitromors?
If sanding, is a belt sander the best?
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snipped-for-privacy@nospam.org writes

If you really want to go back to the wood I would use a hot air gun and scraper to remove the bulk then use paint stripper and wire wool to remove the residue. This may be a bit over the top for outdoor wood but it is what I use for a good finish indoors and it has served me well. I use Nitromors Master Craftsmans' paint stripper[*] which is pure liquid without thickening goop, paint on, wait 5 mins then clear with wire wool further wetted in stripper. Remove final residue/neutralize with wire wool & white spirit.
Use disposable gloves in layers to protect your hands from the stripper, I use nitrile first then polythene overs.
I find sanding clogs the paper too quickly and I have too much lead based stuff around for that to be a good idea.
[*] around 25quid/5l from B&Q on my last purchase.
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I've often wondered what the difference is between that and the green "standard" tin. Is it just that the green one is a more viscous liquid, and if so, what's the dis/advantage of that?

That's true, I don't know what it has been painted with previously. When was lead paint phased out. This house was built mid 70's; was it still in use then?
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snipped-for-privacy@nospam.org writes

It's late so it will have to be the short answer: If you had a choice of washing your hands in spunk or water, which would you chose? IMHO the goop just gets in the way but you have to be a bit more controlled or the stuff goes everywhere.

With '70s you'll be fine, my place is C1900 so more of a problem, but it does suggest that maybe you don't have to go the whole hog for external and you could get by with a scrape & sand.
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Also use eye protection and have a bucket of clea nwater at th eready just in case.. This is especially true if you are working above eye level. getting it on your hands is bad enough - getting it ina n eye would be terrible.
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Robert Laws wrote:

And it disposes of disposable gloves quite quickly, which is why it comes in metal containers
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