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DanielleEglsNst 10-06-2008 01:07 PM

Painting Metal Stair Railings
I have moved into my mother's house which was built in 79 and it has metal stair railings leading up to the second floor. My mother (god rest her soul), in her infinite wisdom, painted the railings with what looks to be a latex pinkish-orange color and it is god-awful. My husband is insistant on repainting the railings which I have no problem question is - what is the proper way to do it? Do we just repaint them, and if so do you primer them first, or do we need to strip the paint off, and then use a spray paint made specifically for metal? I don't want to paint over the paint on them if the new paint is just going to get ruined. HELP!

Matthewt1970 10-06-2008 03:18 PM

If they were painted with latex paint then you can just paint right over it with latex paint. Latex paint will stick to latex paint all day long. If it is really glossy then maybe you can scuff it up with some sandpaper if you are worried, but you should be just fine with paint on paint.

slickshift 10-06-2008 05:54 PM

Test the paint for latex/oil
If the paint/color transfers to a rag dampened with Oops! or Goof Off!, then it's latex
If that doesn't do anything, then it's oil

The easiest is to repaint with a metal & wood enamel of the same type that's on there now

mark942 10-07-2008 05:06 AM

As for application, I would use a mini roller and a brush. Just like a wall. Roll out what you can then cut in the rest with a brush.....Good Luck

DanielleEglsNst 10-07-2008 09:23 AM

Thank you all for your responses, I guess we will just paint over the existing paint on the railings. Do we need to paint a primer on it first, and if so...what kind, or just go ahead and apply the color of our choice?

slickshift 10-07-2008 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by slickshift (Post 169078)
The easiest is to repaint with a metal & wood enamel of the same type that's on there now

If this is the case, just a light scuff sand and clean, and go right over it

DanielleEglsNst 10-08-2008 12:24 AM

That sounds excellent, and thank you for all your input. The only other thing I need help with is most paint stair rails with a flat, satin, semi-gloss, gloss? All thoughts are appreciated.

slickshift 10-08-2008 05:17 AM

Your sheen will most likely be limited by the product you choose
Flat is a poor choice for a railing that gets handled (fingerprints)
Satin or semi-gloss would be common, depending
High gloss may be available in the product you choose
Anything other than flat is OK

DanielleEglsNst 10-08-2008 03:08 PM

Thank you again for your input, I have purchased a Semi-gloss....will let you know how it turns out!

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