Painting Bannisters - Eggshell or Satinwood

17 Sep 2009
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Have recently had our bannisters and newel posts replaced, have always used crown satinwood to paint skirtings/doors etc but was advised to use gloss or eggshell for bannisters etc as they would be more hardwearing. I have primed and undercoated everything and just started painting with eggshell (dont like a gloss finish) and hate it - it is hard to paint with and doesnt seem to give a very smooth finish at all :( am I doing something wrong i.e wrong brushes etc (I have synthetic Harris brushes) or should I switch to satinwood.
Would appreciate any advice as I really dont know the best way to go

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