How to paint a banister: Get a tough, great-looking finish

Person painting a banister white
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You need to know how to paint a banister seamlessly when your stairs need a fresh coat of paint. And when doing so, it's worth bearing in mind that this area is going to need to be thoroughly covered to make sure it is hard-wearing.

Whenever someone walks up or down the stairs, hands will naturally fall on the banister. For this reason, it's going to need a paint that'll allow you to clean it frequently as well as being durable.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.