For a full strip the first job is to remove the old paint and gesso with rasps, sanders, sandpaper etc. taking great care around the eyes if they can be retained.
Then repairs to leg joints, maybe new legs or anything else needed to give a strong, stable body. Gaps and holes in the body have timber put in where possible rather than just filler as the finished result has more chance of expanding and contracting with the seasons and central heating, without too many minor cracks.
Its then sealed and new gesso applied. This is rabbit skin glue and gilder’s whiting, applied hot with a brush and then after a considerable time drying it is then sanded smooth which gives a porcelain like finish.
Then I reseal, paint multiple base coats followed by the familiar traditional dappling all done by hand and eye. This is followed by subtle antiquing if required and final sealing coats.
The tack is then made using your original tack as patterns if available or from authentic patterns and using top quality leather and materials.
After this of course the hair is attached which comes from horse tails which are fully cured and cleaned.
Turning to the stand, invariably there is serious wear in the pivot joints which are remade with new bearing strips.
The joints are remade or renewed if new parts are required.
A lot of stands were originally lacquered but have often been painted subsequently. It may be possible to strip back to bare timber then re-polish but sometimes the old paint is so engrained it is too deep to remove. In which case it is repainted in traditional colours which were sometimes originally used, probably a nice green.