Use this before repainting or refinishing wood, fake wood, metal, etc. -- No sanding needed. Use a cloth to rub on, and it takes off gloss and makes a rough surface for paint to adhere to. Works great on most finishes (but not oil-based paints.) Said to be easy and fast, not quite as good as petroleum products, but safer! From Home Depot for less than $7.
Klean-Strip 1-qt. Easy Liquid Sander-QWN285 at The Home Depot
Turner Falls Oklahoma - Mom, Mike and I stayed at this huge national park a few years ago. It's a wonderful site with swimming, nature, hiking, vintage rock buildings and more. Definitely a place I would go back to!