Painting banister and spindles

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Hello all

You may or may not have seen my previous thread re stripping banister http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=2210807&highlight=banister

They are all stripped, and silky smooth now thanks to the mouse sander and regular sand paper.

I am looking for tips on painting especially the spindles.

Do you recommend a particular paint? brush? Has anyone used a paint sprayer?

Thanks in advance

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  • macman
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    Get rid of any stripper residue by wiping down thoroughly with white spirit.
    A decent brush and primer/undercoat/gloss, with a fine glasspaper rub down in between, plus further wipes with white spirit.
    Don't even think about trying to spray it, difficult enough on a flat surface, let alone on a bannister.
    You've done the tricky and tedious bit, so don't be tempted to take any shortcuts on the finishing.
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  • keith969
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    Seconded, use good quality oil based paint and rub down smooth between coats.

    Having said that if you've stripped them down to the wood, why not use a stain and finish with clear varnish?
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  • bb69
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    I was planning on staining, but the darker banister and white spindles threw me a bit (complete novice).

    Can I ask a few questions please:

    Oil based paint is that different from a gloss paint?

    If i cant find glass paper can I use a fine normal sandpaper?

    I have started with a undercoat (its called primer, sealer, undercoat) do I sand before applying the paint?

    Can anyone recommend a paint please? I think white will be too harsh as walls are cream - any nice almondy paint?

    Thanks again, i'm finding the advice really useful
  • phill99
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    Not wanting to stealMacman or Keiths thunder, yes, oil based paint is gloss paint, and sand paper is the same as glass paper. Give a light rub with the sand/glass paper before you paint. This will get rid of any dust etc that has settled on the indercoat. But remember only a light sanding with light hand pressure.

    In terms of colour, the sky is the limit. The NCS (National Colour Scheme) has 66 000 colours in its spectrum so I'm sure you will find something. GHet a couple of coluir charts from the leading brands (Dulux, Crown etc).

    Or have you thought about a 'satin wood' finish. This is an oil based paint but is not as shiny as gloss.
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  • bb69
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    Thanks that clears that up re the paint and sandpaper

    oooh more choice :) Is satinwood as hard wearing as gloss?

    I want to get some paint tomorrow to take advantage of B&Q 15% off
  • phill99
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    As far as I am aware Satinwood is as hardwearing as gloss. We use it in customers houses and haven't had any call backs. Its an oil based product so in theory has the same qualities.
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