We'll I've started sanding. This is going to take a while. I've been standing in my driveway with a hand held power sander, 100 grit paper, and an air compresser. It took me an hour and a half to get the finish off the back. I choose to start on the back because I figured that would be the best spot to screw up. I use the compresser to get the nasty finish dust away.
This is going to take a while. I think I'll dremel the fine detailes. I wish it wasn't raining!