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Fancy, loopy spirals encased as part of the entryway railing use to be a thing, enough anyway so that it’s a common entryway feature in many older suburban neighborhoods, blessed with an abundance of ranch-style homes. However, loop-de-loops as part of one’s entryway ‘look’ doesn’t necessarily go with the more modern aesthetic of many new home-buyers. So, if you are one of those home-buyers, pay attention, because with some extra time, tools and elbow-grease, you can rid your new abode of the offending loops, without putting in a whole new railing.

You will need to use a side grinder to grind the loop portion of the metal away from the spindles. For safety, it’s best to wear gloves, closed shoes, long pants and a face shield.

Once the loops are loose, you can hammer them right off. Use a steel file to smooth the steel. Finally, you’ll want to use Rustoleum primer and paint, to first prime the now smooth exposed steel area and then give them a nice fresh coat of paint.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re wanting to get rid of a spiral railing, you can make your job easier by just removing the spirals.
  • The tools you will need are a sander, steel files, side grinder with several blades, hammer, protective gear, primer, paint, paint brush, and roller.
  • First, grind away spirals, hammer off loose spirals, file down the steel, sand and prime the exposed steel, and paint the rest!

“This project is extremely inexpensive and almost immediately brings the railing out of the 1950’s and into the 21st century.”

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