I'm striping an old headboard for a bead frame with the intention of re-staining it. As I am working I noticed that the consistency and color of the stuff I'm stripping from the large flat surfaces is different from that of the the stuff coming off of the curved embellishments and details. Also the wood looks much different there too. I'm pretty sure there is some kind of facing of nicer looking wood on the large surfaces.
So my question is: I this paint under the stain? If it's not paint what is it? When I go to stain it again how should I go about getting a nice looking result as there was before?