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Repainting old banister which is part wood part old paint

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by stevs, 23 Mar 2020.

  1. stevs

    stevs

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    Hi,

    Wanted to paint the banister (and balusters) in satinwood grey, but at the moment not sure how to prep as part of the rail is the old paint, and other parts is the wood (see pic). Should I just sand down the paint, use a primer, and then the satinwood?

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  3. Tigercubrider

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    Yes, tons of prep will save trying to do loads of top coats to hide the lazy prep

    That handrail is begging to be cleaned properly and stained/varnished
     
  4. stevs

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    Thanks, but what prep should I do? On other parts there is no wood showing, so don't want to sand all the paint off just to paint again.
     
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    Sand it back so that nothing is dirty or shiny.
    Your hands ate the best way of finding any rough parts or changes in texture.
    Clean before painting to remove any dirt from hands.

    You can get scotchbrite type pads in varying grades that will abrade the old surface
     
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    Thanks, will give it a bash!
     
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  8. DionH

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    Invest in one of these from screwfix :-

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/harris-heavy-duty-tungsten-carbide-wood-scraper-2/45940

    Probably one of the best tenners I've ever spent, you will take it down tert wood in one hit for the most part, the vast majority of this was done with that tool and if I didn't have it I'd have lost my marbles The pic that shows the scraper, that handrail was painted in white and god knows how many other years of paint, that is without sanding.

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    I have one of those- brilliant
     
  10. OchAye

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    You need to sand more. A lot more. You will never get a good finish if you paint on the basis of the photo you have posted.
     
  11. AndrewStef

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    Hi Dion,

    Thanks for the wood-scraper recommendation; I'd like to enquire about the results you achieved.

    Did you get the above outcome with any help e.g a chemical paint stripper or a heat gun? Or was this achieved through a combination of the wood-scraper and your own labor?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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