Thanks for the suggestion Steve. I would really like to eliminate as much work as possible since there are so many grooves in these large spindles. What is your idea on leaving the spindles on the bannister and the 8' spindles the dark stain, and just painting the hand rail and the top and bottom boards of the spindles? There are two boards that run the length of the spindles that attach to the living room ceiling and one on the floor of the bottom spindles. This is seen as you come into the front door into the small entry way. I would appreciate your idea on this, or any other ones you may have.