06:52AM | 03/01/05
Member Since: 12/02/02
10 lifetime posts
I have recently installed an oak bannister in the hallway and up the steps. I plan on staining the railing and the end posts and painting the spindles and the bottom part white. any suggestions on which to do first?

i am not a fan of tedious work, and just want to do it in the correct order. is it better to tape off the spindles and stain the railing and then paint or is it better to paint then stain. which is easier to clean up?

I dont want the stain to penetrate the spindles too fast before clean up and therefore make the white paint not look as good, but i also dont want to get paint on the railing and not have the stain penetrate as well. it seems to be a catch-22.

thanks in advance for your advice




05:11PM | 03/02/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I would stain and put at least on coat of finish on the railings first. Then you can tape the railing and prime and finish the spindles. You will want to use the 3M blue painters tape as it will not leave a glue residue.


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