How to paint balusters or a balustrade.

by Mel

What is the best method - brush, roller, sprayer - for painting balusters?

They are not yet installed.


Hi Mel,

To start, it would depend on where your balusters are going to be situated. If they are intended for an interior project then I would most likely spray them.

Exterior balusters on the other-hand (in my opinion anyways) should be brushed or rolled. When paint is used, I myself prefer rolling them.

Before you do coat them, be sure to use a product that's specifically designed for your particular environment or climate (rain in your case).

The reason that I recommend (brushing or) rolling an exterior balustrade is that it tends to make the product stick better (pushing the coating into those microscopic nooks and crannies). Sticking is a good thing especially when dealing with extreme weather conditions.

Even so, spraying would be much faster though and could still end up lasting a number of years. It all depends on environment, proper surface preparation, how well your coating product adheres and the type of wear and tear the balusters have to go through.

Last but not least is to also keep in mind the kind of surface being coated for both interior and exterior balusters.

You will have to decide on the process etc. that works best for your particular situation.

Your local paint retailer will be able to help you decide on the best, process, tools, products and materials to use for the project at hand.


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Oct 09, 2011
Thanks for the baluster painting advice
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the info. MOST helpful!

Oct 06, 2011
Painting baluster trim
by: Shawn


Trim in most cases is painted with a semi-gloss finish as it tends to be more durable than other sheens.

With that said, using another sheens will work fine if you would prefer. It all depends on the wear and tear that the trim will receive (touching, environment etc).

As far as which tool to use, it depends on the trim itself. In most cases (when possible) I will roll then quickly back-brush the wet paint to eliminate any sags or runs that may occur.

Back-brushing will also give your finished coating a more uniformed look especially when you have a number of bumps and grooves to paint over.

When back-brushing be sure to use consistent, long, even pressured passes with your brush.

Oct 05, 2011
painting trim/molding
by: Anonymous

What type of paint should be used to paint trim work/moldings (white) - satin? gloss? and should it be applied with brush or roller or both.


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