Gloss v satinwood/egg shell on banister

6 Jan 2006
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My woodwork in the hall, stairs and landing is currently a gloss finish which I don't like. I am planning on changing to a satinwood or egg shell finish that I have used elsewhere in the house but I am a bit concerned about the staircase spindles and banister. Is satinwood hard wearing enough to use on a banister and spindles (there are children in the house!) - I was thinking of using satinwood for door frames, skirts etc but using gloss on the banister but this may look odd, any suggestions on best approach appreciated.
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Any oil based paint is tough. Satinwood is fine. The bannister will actually go shinier with use anyway.
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Gloss or satinwood are great, but dont use the eggshell, its a lovely finish but its just not durable. Finger marks will go into the grain of the paint and are difficult to get out.
I would use eggshell, and if you use the new Dulux c**p stuff it will come out looking like gloss anyway.
I discovered Satinwood years ago, I hate gloss with, it takes forever to dry and the quick drying stuff is sh+te. Satin, satin, satin!

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