Spraying Balusters Down

One simple method for painting balusters when you have the opportunity to paint them before installation is to set them up on a 2×4. The balusters in the photo have a ¾” pin on the bottom so we are able to drill into the 2×4 to stand them up.

The balusters were delivered to the job bare poplar. In order for us to achieve a high-gloss finish, we sprayed them twice with Zinsser Cover-Stain Oil-based primer and sanded each flute individually. Sanding for this project took 22 hours. We finished with ICI Dulux 1407 semi-gloss.

It’s important to measure accurately for each hole before you drill. Take the time to do this and when you spray, set them up turned on an angle. The photo shows them positioned flat edge out, do sharp edge out. Make one pass on an angle going one direction, then coming back the opposite direction with one pass will get two edges at once.

 

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