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Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Blog, Portfolio |

Stair Handrail Refinishing- The Groton House

Stair Handrail Refinishing- The Groton House

Although the entire home was renovated, the original handrail and staircase was preserved in this home. There had been several coats of shellac put on the railings over the years and the spindles were caked with coats of paint.

Here is what they looked like before stripping and refinishing:

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before- Checked and Cracked Finish

Before- Checked and Cracked Finish

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before

After testing strippers we proceeded with removing all the previous coatings from the railings:

Testing Strippers

Testing Strippers

IMG_5068 IMG_5067 IMG_5066After applying the stripper and allowing an overnight to penetrate the layers we carefully removed the plastic that was covering it. Then we began removal with plastic scrapers and specialty profile blades to make sure not to damage the profile of the wood below the coatings. All surfaces were then sanded and washed to remove all residue. Underneath it all was the original hard yellow pine handrail that matched the original floors throughout the home. Nice!

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Stripper removed

Stripper removed

Stripper removed and sanded

Stripper removed and sanded

Finally, after hours of removal, sanding and cleaning out the profiles we were ready to put coats of polyurethane on:

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Finish coats applied to railings

Finish coats applied to railings

Once the handrails were complete the spindles were prepped and painted along with the stairs, risers and skirt boards.

Mathew Richards
Owner of Castle Complements Painting Co., Inc. with the never ending passion to deliver the best service to our customers. From top-notch communication, trained and background checked staff to the best performing products. We offer professional interior and exterior painting, powerwashing, deck care, carpentry and wallpaper services for residential and commercial spaces. Love Your Castle-Love Your Painter!