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Old 02-20-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Painting new oak balusters


Hello Painters
As in other forums I'm still in the process of redoing my antique home,
The upstair rails are to low ( 25 ") and too wide of a spacing. They need to be replaced,
I found a place where a guy buys out hardware and lumber yards.
I can buy oak ( they look red ) Balusters for $2.00 ea. I want to paint them
white. Could some one give me the proper process to paint the right way.
I read where the oak has a grain problem very hard to hide.

I can buy balusters already primed at big stores for $ 4.00 ea.
I need 31 balusters and it might pay to skip the oak deal.
I'm not afraid of work it's the cost vs the over all time ? is it worth it?
oh ya he has Oak Newels for $15.00 bucks each these I would stain.

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If there oak why not stain and seal them? It would be a shame to cover them up with paint.
Pine preprimed will save you time and materials.

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What Joe said. Priming and painting oak balusters is more trouble than it's worth even if you're getting a great deal. Even those of us that have done this for years hate, hate, hate painting oak unless it's absolutely necessary. Get the preprimed pine that costs more........in the end you'll save money just in frustration alone.
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What Joe said. Priming and painting oak balusters is more trouble than it's worth even if you're getting a great deal. Even those of us that have done this for years hate, hate, hate painting oak unless it's absolutely necessary. Get the preprimed pine that costs more........in the end you'll save money just in frustration alone.
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I was really leaning to the pre primed balusters.
Two coats of paint install and done no hanky panky

To Joe Caption I have the lower railing and balusters painted many years ago
The rail is oak stain and Balusters white Looks real nice, so I will continue the white. Thanks again
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..I don't hate to paint oak. People pay me good money to do it!
But paint will not make the grain go away. It's a look I don't mind, but they will not look like paint grade birch.
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..I don't hate to paint oak. People pay me good money to do it!
But paint will not make the grain go away. It's a look I don't mind, but they will not look like paint grade birch.
This is what I ended up doing. Ordered 33 pre primed balusters,
Visited my " great " Sherwin Williams Paint store I asked for the best enamel white paint . After spending $24.00 for a quart ( I thought this was high for a quart but I did ask for real good Paint. ( Latex )
I feel I painted with the nicest paint I ever used Period ... Smooth to apply, Dried to a nice smooth finish.
If your on this forum looking for advise on a good paint There's a lot of good paint out there. But spend a few bucks extra and get some satisfaction out of your work.

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Just curious Deck,what did you use?Pro -Classic maybe?

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