What is the best way to paint a pillar?

by Lorr
I have 3 pillars where walls use to be. They need painting. I don't like the way they were painted before because you can see the paint lines.

  9 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 16, 2017

    Are they smooth or fluted, round or square? Smooth I would use a 6" smooth foam roller. Fluted a good badger brush. Tape ceiling and floor around 1st.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Aug 17, 2017

    You could try painting them with a small roller...that will usually prevent paint lines. Or possibly a sponge brush instead of a bristle brush.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 17, 2017

    Use a foam roller. and use chalk paint or another textured paint, unless you want a glossy surface.

  • Susan Boothe Susan Boothe on Aug 17, 2017

    sounds like someone just did a bad paint job. The first thing, make sure pillars are clean, then sand lightly to remove any ridges that was left by the previous paint job. You didn't say what they're made of, but just prime and paint with paint meant for whatever material your posts are made of. Make sure you stir your paint well, thin coats are better than 1 thick, and a product called flotrol helps with the ridges. Lightly sand in between coats and you should have a flawless paint job.

  • Susan Boothe Susan Boothe on Aug 17, 2017

    Also use a GOOD paintbrush. I use Purdy.

  • FL FL on Aug 17, 2017

    Just a suggestion: My Aunt and Uncle used a nice rope to wrap around the posts in their finished basement and it looked so much more polished than had it been painted. They used a nice quality rope and either it came stained a nice color or they stained it themselves, but it looked great!

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 17, 2017

    I would use either the 6" or a 4" foam roller, then drag a brush lightly over the paint to remove any texture or paint lines

  • FL FL on Aug 17, 2017