When you want to paint your home’s rails or banisters, you’re better off hiring a professional painter.
Painting or Staining a Banister
If you have a split level home, you have stairs and with those stairs come banisters. Painting a banister is a meticulous step by step process. As per this article on HomeGuides:
“A banister handrail on a staircase gets touched a lot. As people walk up and down the stairs, they often grasp the handrail whether they need to or not. The handrail can give you a sense of security as you move along the stairway, but over time, the oils from your skin can damage the paint, and the simple act of sliding your hand along the handrail can wear away the paint. Painting the banister handrail can return it to its original state.
Scrub the banister handrail with a cleaner and degreaser, such as TSP or a TSP substitute to remove the grease and grime left behind by your hands over years of use. Follow all label directions and warnings on the cleaner you choose. Rinse the handrail with clean water to remove any cleaner residue.
Scrape the banister handrail with a paint scraper to remove any bubbled, loose or chipped paint. Sand the surface of the handrail with an 80-grit sanding sponge to remove any areas of paint left behind by the scraper. Use a 220-grit sanding sponge to smooth the surface, and then wipe the banister handrail with tack cloth.
Fill any flaws or dents in the handrail with wood putty. Use your fingers to apply and smooth the putty. Allow the putty to dry overnight.
Sand the dried wood putty with the 220-grit sponge. Wipe the surface with tack cloth once again.
Wrap the balusters in painter’s tape where they meet the bottom of the handrail. If the handrail touches the wall, apply painter’s tape to the wall to protect the wall from paint. Spread a drop cloth along the stairs beneath the handrail.
Apply a sealing primer to the handrail with a 2-inch trim paintbrush. Let the sealing primer dry for 24 hours. The sealing primer blocks stains from bleeding through the paint, and provides the paint with better adhesion, giving it a more attractive appearance and the ability to last longer than paints applied without a sealing primer. Sand the primed surface with a new 220-grit sanding sponge. Wipe the handrail with tack cloth.
Paint the handrail with interior enamel paint with a clean 2-inch trim paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry to the touch, and then apply a second coat.
Remove the painter’s tape from the balusters and the wall before the second coat dries completely to avoid pulling the paint from the handrail after it dries.” [VIEW SOURCE]
Painting a Banister Is a Bit More Effort Than Just Brushing Some Paint On it
As you see painting a banister is a little more than just getting some paint and touching things up. It involves a lot of effort. You’ll also need a lot of tools and equipment. That’s a reason to get a painting contractor on the job instead. He’s going to have all that he’ll need.
So remember, sometimes doing it yourself isn’t as good as it seems. Call a licensed painter in your area instead.
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