With PAINTED ITEMS, you can't absolutely know if they will be suitable for staining until AFTER they are stripped. There may be
blemishes or stains in the wood. If it was originally painted by the manufacturer there may actually be different species of woods in the piece. The wood may be an inferior grade. Also, it may be impossible to get
the paint off thoroughly enough to make staining suitable. If the surface was well-prepared it may not come out of the grain. If the paint was applied on top of an old finish, it may come off easily. I typically
recommend a minimal strip attempt to start. I can then usually tell if it is worth continuing. If questionable I will call the customer and have them come in and review the piece before continuing.