Some smart person (sarcastic) painted all of the cedar windows in the house white. Fortunately it was not a good paint job. We wanted one to be clear timber so we attacked it with a scraper, paint stripper and sandpaper. It took ages, because we got disillusioned with it and it sat there for ages. Finally it was time to finish it off. More paint stripper. Course sandpaper and a belt sander and palm sander. A wire brush on one of the timber posts next to the window with paint stripper. Eventually we said enough – it was good enough to put some finish on. Cabots water based poly was used. The window now look great. Sure there is a bit of white paint here and there, but overall everyone is happy. Now just need to clean the glass… and do the rest of the windows in the house!