Removing flaking paint to repaint or stain
My renter wants to refinish a porch railing that is under a roof but the paint is flaking badly. I think the paint was enamel (was my inlaw's place so I didn't have anything to do with it) so it will probably clog sandpaper quickly. I'm also not comfortable with him (30ish and not tool experienced) using my sanders. So I'm curious what other methods members have used that they would promote. Wire brushes, 3m pads, scrapers, what have you?
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.