How Do I Prepare My Stairs For Painting?

Do I need to sand banisters before painting?

If you’re painting over varnish, lightly sand all of the woodwork with a fine sandpaper to create a rough surface.

This will help the new coat to stick.

If you are using a different colour for the stairs and the banisters, paint each section separately and leave plenty of time for them to dry before moving on..

Should I paint or stain my stairs?

Stains are generally more durable than paint, and lighter tread paints may begin showing scuffs and marks before stains or darker paints. Painting over dated, stained wood on spindles, risers, and handrails is one of the most cost-effective ways of transforming your staircase or stairwell.

How many coats of paint do I need for stairs?

two coatsThe stairs will likely need two coats of paint.

What kind of paint do you use on stairs?

The best and most widely used paint for stairs is a Semi-Gloss paint. Semi-gloss paints dry to a harder finish and have enough of a gloss they can be easily cleaned. Then I MUST recommend Valspar Signature Paint in Semi-Gloss at Lowe’s, if you are painting the risers white.

How do you prepare wooden stairs for painting?

Preparation For Painting Wooden Stairs Sand the stairs with the rough sandpaper, removing any old paint and making the boards smooth and level. A mouse sander will make this job easier and enable you to get into all the corners. Make sure you do the risers as well as the treads.

Do you need to prime stairs before painting?

Prime. Since the stairs will likely be getting a fair amount of wear, a good primer is key. Paint this on and allow it to dry before you start on your top coat.

Is painting stairs a good idea?

YES. Absolutely. If you are looking to update some stairs, but don’t have the budget to install new stairs, treads, etc. or even have the budget to carpet, then I’d highly recommend this update. It takes some elbow grease if you’re going to add a painted runner, as we did.

How do you clean stairs before painting?

Next, you want to sand the treads to get the wood clean and smooth: Use a belt sander with 60 or 80 grit sandpaper, and you will need to hand-sand to get in the corners. Aim for an even finish. You should also sand the risers and sideboards/trim before any painting begins. Then thoroughly vacuum and wipe away all dust.

Do you need special paint for stairs?

Q. What kind of paint should I use? For the risers and spindles, use white semi-gloss with primer already in it. For the treads and rails, use a porch and floor paint.

What is the best paint to use on stair banisters?

The most durable paints will be a satin or high-gloss sheen. Believe me, you do not want a use a very flat paint like chalk paint (unless you use a protective top coat like polyurethane) on a high traffic piece such as a kitchen table or these stair railings.

How do you paint stair spindles without removing them?

I always recommend using a primer so your paint will stick. After taping off the stair spindles, I applied a layer of primer. Followed by my trim paint. It took two coats.