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:
After testing strippers we proceeded with removing all the previous coatings from the railings:
After 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!
Finally, after hours of removal, sanding and cleaning out the profiles we were ready to put coats of polyurethane on:
Once the handrails were complete the spindles were prepped and painted along with the stairs, risers and skirt boards.