Asked on Dec 22, 2012

I'm going to paint my inside bannister. It's currently painted white. I used semi-gloss latex. My new color will also

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be semi-gloss latex. Should I use primer first, or just clean it really well to remove any surface dirt or oil from hands, or lightly sand it first or what? When I painted it white, the paint on the "knobs" -- don't know what they're really called, but are at the top and bottom of the stairs, rather quickly started to wear off. Don't want that to happen again, so what to do?
4 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 22, 2012

    clean first, use some TSP, rinse well then light sand and prime...then paint. allow for full cure times with the paint. Many paint failures have to due with rushing the job.

  • Louise
    on Dec 22, 2012

    Thanks so much. I think my problem before might have been rushing. I'm impatient. :-(

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Dec 24, 2012

    The right cleaning, sanding and priming are especially important when it comes to painting over stained woodwork. You are not alone. Failure occurs more times than not. I would sand the knob parts down and start over with an oil primer on the bare areas. Also, using an oil-base finish coat enamel will hold up to continued hand use. Have you thought about painting them black?

  • Louise
    on Dec 24, 2012

    A friend painted hers black and they're gorgeous. But my new color is going to be a deep red. Not bright red, but deep and luscious. Or, I hope it's going to be luscious. :-) I'll post before and after photos when I get finished. I have some oil primer, so I'll try that on the bare parts. As to the oil-base finish coat enamel, would that be clear or my red? I really hate oil paint because it dries so slowly and I have a hard enough time keeping my cat and 3 dogs away from wet paint.

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