Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Red Paint Nightmare!

Question: We have an entry wall about 15 feet by 20 feet over a stairway and it is curved. My husband recently painted it a deep red. We have painted it 5 times and it still looks smeary! Now we are going to change it back to a buff color. It's been a nightmare! My question is, can we remove the curved bannister? I think it would be a lot easier to paint without the handrail, but several people tols us they are very fragile.

A: Deep colors, especially reds, can be very difficult to work with. Believe it or not, 5 coats of red paint is about average! It's best to use one or two coats of red or grey primer before applying two to three coats of your red eggshell topcoat. It is also important to keep a "wet edge" between the cut in and the roller work. Areas like the one you are describing are best tackled by two people working together.

There should be no problem removing your curved handrail. These are custom made on site with thin pieces of wood glued together along the actual curve. I would not recommend removing the brackets from the wall unless you plan on replacing them. Just remove the rail from the brackets. The handrail may be a pain to reinstall, however. It will be bulky, but with the help of 2 people you should be able to get things all lined up. Don't tighten the mounts until you you have them all lined up first.


JOCO SOB said...

Finally an update

Bill the Painter said...

2 new posts for the price of one!