On Wed, 03 May 2006 03:44:16 GMT, "Max"
Well, the steps I did were to scrape the finish off with a heat gun, then wipe the surface with a rag dipped in a liquid stripper (Kleen Kutter) then sand. The surface looked almost as good as new.
I then primed with latex primer and painted with the latex top coat.
If your stripping a door, I imagine there will be nooks and crannies not easily sanded or scraped, therefore I'd use stripper.
With regards to the actual finish you'll apply after doing all that, others have also rendered good advise. Read it all and decide what you need given your particular needs and circumstances.