I first tried the orange stripper with some success, but decided it was going to take forever at that rate.
In an attempt to avoid having to use a stronger chemical stripper, I headed to Home Depot and purchased a heat gun. It worked pretty well, but after several hours and very little progress, I decided this was a two women job!
I got started on this while LD was deployed to Hurricane Sandy, and the first weekend she was back I went and purchased a second heat gun. I was right, work goes much faster with two women!
We spent multiple hours over the last couple of weeks working with heat guns, a citrus stripper, a chemical stripper, an orbital sander, and a Multimax with a sanding attachment to remove two layers of paint, one layer of primer (primer from hell), and a gray semi-transparent stain off the door.
We are quite pleased with how our Cypress garage door cleaned up. It was a ton of elbow grease, but we decided it was certainly worth the effort. It will be a few days before we can stain it (we need to allow some dry time), which means we need to spend some time deciding on a stain.