Painting Dark Stair Hand Rails

22 Apr 2012
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My other half would like to remodel our staircase and paint the dark wooden hand rails and newel caps with a grey gloss paint.

I have been trying to puzzle out the best way to paint the wood and get a good finish.

My current thoughts are..

1) Give it a light sanding
2) Paint it with some form of stain blocker
3) Paint it with some form or primer (maybe 2 coats)
4) Paint it with the gloss.
5) Coat the gloss with some form of protection against chipping?

Does this sound like an ok plan? Or am I missing some vital steps? If there anything I can paint over the gloss to protect it from chips etc?

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You don't need a stain block, just a primer that will stick to the wood after its been sanded. Zinsser BIN or 123 will be fine then carry on with your undercoat and gloss. Don't put a sealer over the gloss as this wouldn't stop it chipping anyway. As long as you use the right primer this will stop it chipping off.
If your using a quick dry gloss/water based, then you really need a water based undercoat to go on first. The link you have is for an oil based undercoat. And use a decent synthetic bristle brush
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Robbie, thanks for the continued advice. I am slowly learning some new life skills!

I went for the Oil based undercoat as the Zinsser White Primer said it was "solvent based". I presume if I get a water/acrylic base undercoat it will happily sit on the Zinsser White Primer?

Thanks again.
Zinsser makes the primer that will adhere to the stained timber after it has been rubbed down and prepared. This will stop it chipping off in the future. Regardless of whether it is a water based one or Shellac, or oil based primer, water based undercoat and gloss / Satin will go on top no problems.

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