How To Stain Stair Railings And Banisters

bannisterbannerHow To Stain Stair Railings And Banisters

Are your stair railings and banisters looking old and worn out? A little stain can do a lot of good for your staircase. Read on to learn how to stain your stair railings and banisters for a refreshing new look and an admirable finish.

Things You Will Need:

  • Safety Goggles
  • Face Mask
  • Wood Stripper
  • Tarp
  • Electric Sander
  • 100 Grit & Finer Grit Sandpaper
  • Cloth/Rags
  • Vacuum
  • Wood Conditioner (optional)
  • Polyurethane Wood Finish
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hair Dryer

1. Prep

  • Before you can begin to stain thecloseupbanisters
    stair railing you need to make sure the old finish is completely gone. If there is any paint on the banister you can easily use a wood stripper to remove it.
  • Lay out a tarp or move items that could get in the way of completing this job safely.
  • Put on your safety goggles and face mask and make sure all of your tools and equipment are ready to go.

2. Sand

  • Using an electric sander with a 100 grit sandpaper pad, remove any rough edges and sand the banister smooth.
  • Always work with the grain and sand thoroughly once with the 100 grit before using a finer grit sandpaper to sand over the banister once more. Sometimes it can take up to 3 times to have the banister completely smoothed out.
  • A good tip for completing the sanding more efficiently is to wipe down the railing between each sanding.

3. Clean

  • Once you have sanded the railing, wipe it down with a cloth again and vacuum any dirt or debris that have been left behind. There will be lots of dust, so wearing a proper face mask is very important. Try to ventilate the room by opening any windows and doors near where you have sanded.

4. Stain


  • If you notice that the wood is soft,
    using a wood conditioner will help
    when you apply the stain to the banister. It will take the colour more quickly and evenly.
  • Use a paintbrush to apply the wood finish and a hair dryer to speed up the dry time. The cool setting will actually help prevent the formation of air bubbles as well.
  • Leaving the finish on for 10-15 minutes is normally a good amount of time, as the stain will make the colour darker the longer you leave it on. You may wish to use multiple coats of stain to achieve a particularly dark shade.

Well, there you have it! You have successfully learned how to stain  the railings and banisters in your home! Banister staining is not too hard of a task to accomplish, it just takes a little patience to complete the process. Staining your railings is an easy way to update your home and keep your staircases looking their best. If you would like some help in staining your banisters, why not give HPT a call? Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com.

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