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post #1 of 3 Old 01-29-2010, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Onsite railing/stair finishers

Anyone else here doing this? Whats your process, materials, set up, etc. I personally use a kremlin 10.14 and spray finish pre-cat lacquer.. after masking off all needed areas of course.

Basically the purpose of this post is just too find out who else is doing this, and possibly swap ideas. I'm always looking to improve.

Anyway if this is in the wrong place, sorry.
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For years I was in wholesale building materials sales. I called on high end custom builders and remodelors. I had one builder who had his own framing crew who also did all of the final trim carpentry and even painted and stained as needed. These guys were real pro's who were masters at all facets of what they did. I watched them do an entire stair system (treds, balusters and railings) in one afternoon. There were two of them and they were using some type of lacquer stain (the smell was unmistakeable). They both wore lambswool type mitts. One guy was dipping his mitt into the stain and wiping it on and the other guy was wiping it off about a minuite or two right behind him. They were staining Poplar and were staining it a fairly dark shade of brown. They were coming back and putting a finish coat tinted with some sort of red over everything.... which they sprayed.... and I swear, it looked like old patina'd Cherry when they were done. They would do one room at a time (stain then spray finish) before moving to the next room. I just happened to be there the day they did the stairs. They were painting after doing all of the staining so no masking was necessary.

I have no clue if this is right or wrong. I just know it was absolutely fascinating watching them at work. And, the finished result was incredibly beautiful.
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Yea I've heard of that lambswool mitt method aswell, although I've never tried it, I just recently switched from brushing stain to using a stain applicator. The difference is amazing, it literally cuts my staining time in half.

Interesting post thanks for the reply.
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