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Old 01-25-2017, 02:37 PM   #1
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Quick moulding paint opinion


This is under a bullnose for an attic bedroom. Mounting this moulding under the nose and butting against the newel post as it comes down.

Planned on painting the moulding white, and staining the newel post all the way into the wall.

Should I do that, or stain the moulding to match the newel, or stain the newel and just paint the newel white where it enters the stairwell?


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If it were me.. I would have trimmed off that weird piece of the post you have going down the wall to the top of your new trim line and then run the trim into the corner. Then I would stain the trim to match the bullnose. I would also stain the part of the post that is visible between the trim line and the floor line. From there you can decide if you want to stain the entire post or paint the rest white (do whatever matches the room). You can sand the corner of the post down a bit so that the corner is flush with the trim edge for a cleaner look.

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I like your idea, but stair guy recommended keeping that piece in as part of the support. (not that you even really hold onto that part)

Plus the wife says she likes it so that's fine with me. Now we just have to decide whether to paint or stain the newel posts.

Thanks for the reply in the other thread too. I know youre supposed to stain first but I have a painter set up to come tomorrow and my treads are already stained, so I think I can get away with staining the newel after the paint and touch up a bit if I have to.




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If you have any trim left you might want to consider putting a small piece under that post overhang so it looks less.. weird. And you can stain it or paint it. The stain won't match exactly because they are different species of wood (assuming here, could be wrong), but it will look better. To me anyway.
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If you have any trim left you might want to consider putting a small piece under that post overhang so it looks less.. weird. And you can stain it or paint it. The stain won't match exactly because they are different species of wood (assuming here, could be wrong), but it will look better. To me anyway.
Where do you mean exactly?

I think it looks weird in the pic because of so many different colors. I think it will look better once I decide on how I am going to stain/paint.
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You will want to have a paint thinner rag handy to wipe the stain off of the spindles. Stain goes everywhere you don't want it to go.
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You will want to have a paint thinner rag handy to wipe the stain off of the spindles. Stain goes everywhere you don't want it to go.
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PS, do NOT stick it in your back pocket, trust me.
Yep. Been there. Don't wanna go back.
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It would have been so much easier to stain the unfinished wood BEFORE it was installed. It's gonna be one heckuva mess trying to keep stain off those freshly painted WHITE spindles.
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That's how they install stair rails.

Planning on using a gel stain to make it a little easier.
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I think it looks weird in the pic because of so many different colors. I think it will look better once I decide on how I am going to stain/paint.

What I mean is that no matter what color you make it that piece hanging down in the corner is always going to look out of place. It shouldn't be there and I have never seen it done like that before. And it looks even stranger because it doesn't even go flush to the ceiling below it. You can add a piece of trim to the bottom to fix that. But, honestly, I if you are leaving it hanging then I would recommend painting it the wall color from the bottom of the trim line down and pretend that it doesn't exist.

This is one of the reasons why floor people and painters tend to hate each other.
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Yea I'm not sure why he did it like that but I'm sure there was a reason. Too late now though.
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That's how they install stair rails.

Planning on using a gel stain to make it a little easier.
Not really. Any homes I've worked on in the last 40 years, we, the painters, stained all the bare wood and usually applied one or two clear coats before installation. That hand rail could easily be installed with the stain already applied. Same with the newel posts. I'm thinking the carpenter told you that so he could get his part done and out of the way. I wish you the best and yes, the gel stain should help a bit. It's just going to be especially tough getting the stain on the underside of the handrail.
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I don't know, I got half a dozen quotes and all of them said the same thing. They install and someone else finishes.

Seemed like SOP to me, but I'm not an expert.
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That's the problem. Floor people will tell you whatever is most convenient for them (usually) but that doesn't mean it is the right way to do it. They just want to get in there, do their thing and leave someone else to fix their mess. At least that has been my experience. We have a lot of bad floor companies in this area.

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