Stairwell Banister

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Posted by: from Edmonton
9/10/2013 at 11:19:00 AM

Want to paint my stairwell banisters. They are oak - should I use primer then paint?

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Kevin from KC Services in York
Date/Time9/10/2013 at 12:05:24 PM

I would recommend that you sand the banisters to improve adhesion, then prime them. The wood will soak up its share of primer, so don't be shy when brushing it in.

After the primer is dried, sand again, not too much though, just enough to smooth out the surface, then paint.

I would recommend using a semigloss finish.

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Tracey in Edmonton
Date/Time9/10/2013 at 12:21:01 PM

Thank you very much for your knowledge and response.

Have a Awesome Day!

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Date/Time9/10/2013 at 12:29:21 PM


First I would sand the surface with a 220 grit paper. The primer will adhere to it much better after that. Then use a high quality primer. Let them know at the paint store that it is a railing project. Then use a high quality semi gloos to finish up.

Have fun,

James Fram

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Stephen from S&J's Flooring in Hamilton
Date/Time9/10/2013 at 2:54:18 PM

Yes, when dealing with any type of wood it's beneficial to sand the wood then use a primer prior to painting.

Hope this helps.

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Tracey in Edmonton
Date/Time9/10/2013 at 3:36:31 PM

Thank you for all your replies!

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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time9/10/2013 at 10:09:43 PM

Great advice from the other contractors, Tracey.

I've used Stix primer in the past with great success.



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Dallas from Tops Painting in Edmonton
Date/Time9/11/2013 at 10:46:11 AM

They might have a layer of clear coat on them. It would be best to sand off the clear coat with some 120 grit, then prime, then paint.

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Connie in Toronto
Date/Time1/27/2014 at 1:15:37 PM

I would use freshstart or equivalent. Then use one of those square sanding pads and lighting smooth over.

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