How to Paint Balcony Spindles

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How to Paint Balcony Spindles
Safety should be a first priority when painting balcony spindles. (balconies image by Andrew Kazmierski from

Painting balcony spindles is a simple task, but can take some time. If the spindles haven't been installed between the balcony rails then the fastest way to paint them is with a paint sprayer. If they are installed then spraying might not be the best option due to the inability to apply an even amount around the entire surface area of the spindle. A paint brush and a mini-roller is the best solution to painting balcony spindles that are too close together for spraying.

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Things you need

  • Box of eye screws
  • Pliers
  • Metal wire
  • 12-foot board, 4-by-4-inch wide
  • Box of hook screws
  • 2 8-foot ladders
  • Paint sprayer
  • Primer paint
  • 120-grit sand paper
  • Dust brush
  • Tack Cloth
  • Finish paint
  • 150-grit sand paper
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush
  • Mini-roller frame with roller nap

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    Screw an eye screw into one end of each spindle with a pair of pliers. Thread a 24-inch piece of wire through the eye hole and loop the wire back to itself. Make a loop in the other end of the wire big enough to hang on a hook or nail. Repeat this step until all of the spindles are thus equipped.

  2. 2

    Place a 12-foot-long, 4-by-4-inch wide board on the ground. Screw in a screw hook every 12 inches along the entire length of the board.

  3. 3

    Place two 8-foot ladders 12 feet apart with the steps of each ladder facing in toward each other. Span a 12-foot-long board from ladder top to ladder top with the hook side of the board facing the ground or floor. Secure the board to each ladder with a piece of wire.

  4. 4

    Hang one spindle per hook by the open loop end of the wire. Paint the bare wood spindles with a quality primer around all sides of the spindles using a paint sprayer. Allow the primer to dry. Sand the spindles with 120-grit sandpaper until the surfaces of the spindles are smooth. Dust the spindles with a dust brush and a tack cloth. Paint the spindles with a finish paint. Allow the finish coat to completely dry before installing the spindles.

  1. 1

    Scuff the finish on the balcony spindles using 150-grit sand paper. Dust off the spindles with a dust brush. Use a tack cloth to remove the finer dust.

  2. 2

    Mask off the top and bottom sections of the rails that hold the tops and bottoms of the spindles in place with masking tape.

  3. 3

    Dip a paint brush or mini-roller into the finish paint to be used and paint the entire surface area of the spindle.

Tips and warnings

  • Watch for dripping or running paint while hand painting stationary spindles.

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