Forget paint stripper. Too messy.
Go to Wal-mart or an Auto parts store and buy a can of this:
Nevr Dull will remove the blacking paint. It will take several applications, but that simply lets you control the removal process. And it's alot easier than using a liquid or gel paint stripper. The Nevr Dull compound is impregnated in the wadding material.
HOWEVER-- WARNING: Nevr Dull is safe for chrome and nickel plating, but KEEP IT AWAY from GOLD plating! it will strip gold plating like butter.