How to paint spindles?

I'm refinishing some chairs to sell and they are the kind with spindles on the back. I have sanded and stained the seats but am painting everything else white. For the life of me I can't not mess up where the spindle meets the seat. Its' so frustrating! Any suggestions?
  5 answers
  • John Bradford John Bradford on Jun 12, 2017

    Partly trying to figure out why you want white paint on them. Been making a living in pretty customized woodwork for a lot of years don't understand why anyone wants to cover the beautiful graining patterns God put in that wood with paint. Having said that (IF) I were ever to lose what few marbles I have left and try something like this I would use a brush. A very good brush with a fine tapered tip. Masking tape can be used and I would try that new "frog" tape I think they call it. You can tape a curve with it but I don't know how fine a radius. Biggest problem with tape in such small close quarters is it usually takes several pieces. You need to pull it off while the paint is wet to a avoid a rough line and that is hard to do in close quarters without touching the paint and making touch up issues. Small fine tapered brush. Very careful measured strokes. Best I have to offer.

  • Lois Imbriano Barber Lois Imbriano Barber on Jun 12, 2017

    I bought a "painting mitt" to paint the spindles on my stairs. It worked pretty well, and was much faster than using a brush. I bought mine at Home Depot.

  • Sylvia Sylvia on Jun 12, 2017

    As the first person wrote about the tape, the best way to remove the tape when paint is wet I have found is to use a hair dryer as I'm pulling the tape off. Works well, just take your time when painting spindles.

  • Andrew Bounader Andrew Bounader on Jun 13, 2017

    Hi Marguerite,

    The only way I can see is to take your time, sand down each coat and use a good quality sealer, thin the first coat and possibly second and if needed a third coat is much better than a thick coat, watch for runs and if needed sand them out and touch them up.

    Good luck but you could get an almost glassy finish if you take it easy.


  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 16, 2017

    Use 4 pieces of painters tape to tape off a square at the base of the spindle. Then tear off 4 more pieces to fill in the gaps. I'll include a photo of a chair project that I was working on recently. I haven't posted the full project yet, but feel free to stop by my blog for painting tips. Good luck with your project Marguerite!