Background: We're renovating a 1980's townhouse and I'd like to improve on or restore the original staircase banister:
The wooden rail comes off; I plan to sand and refinish it. The white vertical bars are metal and are in turn attached to a long wooden board beneath. I think that wood originally may have been stained as well. Anyways, it will be when I'm finished -- to match the top rail. My question for bags is about refinishing the metal uprights. I'd like to simulate wrought iron. How to do this? My thoughts are removing the framework and taking it someplace to be sandblasted and then electrolytically finished. Alternatively, I could laboriously sand off the paint and then prime and repaint in flat black. Or, there is my old friend methylene chloride.
There are two rails, actually so double the work/cost.
What would bags do? Mechanical? chemical? electrochemical?
Others are welcome to comment. Sixty?
added: Follow-up post here