Advice for Staining my Stair Rail?
Our home was built in 1969 and the stair rail is a natural unstained pale wood. I don't know what kind of wood it is, but it's not oak. Maybe poplar? I know it's not oak and it looks too pale for maple.
Anyway, I'd like to stain the hand rail and newel posts a darker color and leave the spindles white.
I'm working on sanding the old finish off. Don't know if it is poly or something else, or if that matters?
I have stained and poly'd a few pieces of furniture but don't have experience with stair rails. I'd be grateful for advice about what stain product to use as well as procedures.