Banister & Spindle Painting?


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Old 07-24-13, 07:11 AM
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Question Banister & Spindle Painting?

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I have a light oak wood semi-gloss banister/spindle in my house; what is the best way to paint this?

Do I first have to sand everything, then put a primer coat, then paint? Also, what type of paint should I use oil-based or latex?

I want to paint the spindles white, and I want to try to match the banister as close to my hardwood floor stain as possible.

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Old 07-24-13, 07:22 AM
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Oak however, is not a great candidate for painting. The grain is such that the end result will be a very rough surface.
 
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Old 07-24-13, 09:28 AM
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I'd sand, oil prime [to insure adhesion] and the apply a couple of coats of latex enamel. Oil base white enamel is apt to yellow as it ages and won't fill in the grain any. Latex paint is coarser ground and has a better chance of filling the grain. On flat oak, I've applied an ultra thin coat of joint compound and then sanded off ALL of it except what is in the grain - hopefully the grain won't be a big issue with your prefinished balusters.
 
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Ok, so for the "spindles" I'll sand then use an oil-based primer? And once that dries then I can do a couple coats of white latex paint on top of the oil-based primer?

However, for the "banister"; after sanding and applying an oil-based primer, would I use a "oil-based" or "water based" wood stain like a "red mahogany" to try and match my hardwood floors?

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Old 07-24-13, 09:51 AM
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Sorry, I missed the part about wanting to stain the railing

You don't want to prime the railing! How dark is the floor you are trying to match? If you only need to darken the railing a few shades, you can get by with applying a tinted poly but if there is much color difference you'll need to strip the existing stain/finish and restain. It's usually best to start with a chemical stripper and finish up with sandpaper.
 
 

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