How do I strip a staircase handrail that has been painted & stained?

Whats the easiest way to take all of this off. White stain and white paint

  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 04, 2018
    Try citristrip
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jun 04, 2018
    You may have to sand it with a rough textured sandpaper and then a finer one to finish off the surface and make it smooth. You could use a paint stripper but that is toxic and messy.
  • William William on Jun 04, 2018
    Citristrip safe stripper. Scraping and sanding.
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 04, 2018
    Saw this recently done on This Old House with a chemical stripper.
  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 04, 2018
    If you can remove it take it off do that and take it outside where you can be a little more messy, you just need to sand off any lumps or bumps and any glazy type surface. You should be able to paint right over what you sanded. I recommend sanding outside as it is horribly dusty.
  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jun 04, 2018
    I use citristrip also, combined with a little sanding for what doesn't scrape off.
  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 04, 2018
    Using a stripper is the way to go for this purpose. You may have to sand nonetheless, but the amount of work will be a lot less. Best of luck to you.
  • Col25921220 Col25921220 on Jun 06, 2018
    Thanks all soooo much!
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