Painting Unfinished Oak Railing


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Old 04-17-06, 07:13 PM
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Painting Unfinished Oak Railing

Hi, I've purchased a new home and am planning to paint the oak bannister and pickets for the stairs, white. I've asked the builder to install but not varnish the railing/pickets. In this "unfinished" state, can I just slap on the paint, or will I still need to sand and apply primer?
 
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Old 04-17-06, 08:46 PM
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I recommend sand and prime especially if you have turned balusters and newels. End grain on turnings are often rough and tricky to paint. Sanding and priming will help ensure an even appearance after painting.
 
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Old 04-18-06, 10:36 AM
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Raw surfaces should always be primed. The correct primer for raw interior wood is enamel undercoater. It will help to seal the grain, making sanding easier and it also helps the finish coat to retain an even sheen.
 
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Old 04-18-06, 07:05 PM
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Thanks for the advice.
 
 

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