It is cold to the touch and the diameter is slightly too large - like an awkward embrace. It's brackets are perfunctory and ungainly. Its been painted several times and I feel the lumps in the paint everytime I go up and down the stairs.
I believe that items that form an integral part of our environment should support our well-being and not irritate even at a subliminal level. I've thought of stripping the paint and grinding it smooth and applying a smooth matte black chemical finish like Insta-black. Perhaps I can change the brackets as well. I can't, however, change the coldness of the metal or the diameter of the rail.