Strip the finish
Put on gloves and an apron to protect against the chemicals in the stripper.
Apply the furniture stripper to all of the chair parts using a small bristle brush. Let it sit for the recommended working time.
Pour mineral spirits into a small container and dip the steel wool into it. Rub the steel wool aggressively over all the chair parts to remove the excess stripper.
Dip the steel wool in to the mineral spirits often to wash out the stripper. When the steel wool becomes too gummed up with the excess stripper, change it out for a new pad.
Once all the excess stripper is removed, wash the chair down one last time with mineral spirits and steel wool. This helps to make sure there is no lasting residue.
Set the chair aside to dry for at least one hour. Check it often to see if it has completely dried. The drying time will vary depending upon the temperature and time of year.
Sand the chair using the 200-grit sandpaper to remove any lasting residue and to prepare the surface for a new finish.
Remove the sanding dust with either a dust brush or shop vacuum.
Select the wood finish of your choice and apply to the newly prepared bentwood chair.