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What are the best supplies to use to paint stairs?

We're getting ready to rip up the 8 year old carpet on the stairs and I am planning on painting them. There's only so much I can trust coming from Pinterest. I've seen a lot of fun projects on there, but the "how to" details are usually lacking, so I figured this is the best place to ask, so I don't drive the sales people nuts at Home Depot.


What are the best supplies to do this? More specifically, what kind/brand of paint and primer would be best? Is there something I should use as a topcoat or would a certain type of paint hold up the the daily traffic of two people and two dogs? Would a liquid deglosser be sufficient enough to take the sheen off of the railing so I can paint that too? (I'm not sure what it was painted with before we moved in, but it's very shiny and in need of a refresh.) Also, what would the approximate dry time be before we can walk up the steps? Our only bathroom is upstairs, so this needs to be planned out pretty carefully.

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Posted 2013-06-20T04:18:16+0000  by Daina Daina

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The simplest solution for your handrails is Zinsser Cover Stain ... an oil-based primer that dries in one-hour.


According to the manufacturer, "Sticks to all surfaces without sanding. Dries Quickly. Use any topcoat."


So, simply wipe the surface with a slightly damp (water only) terry towel, allow to dry, prime, and paint in about one-hour.



Unfortunately, the primer recommended for your handrails is not suitable for walking surfaces.


This project requires either a flooring primer followed by flooring paint, or a self-priming paint intended for floors.


In this case, I prefer the latter ... Glidden Porch and Floor Oil-based High Gloss in the color of your choice.


This product is very durable and is self-priming on wood, so simply brush or roll two dense coats; waiting six-hours between.



When using oil products, make long, flowing strokes instead of that familiar back and forth brush stroke.


Oil paints are self-leveling, so if you see an imperfection, resist the urge to reach in and fix it.


Simply allow the product to dry six-hours and most of the imperfections will settle out of the surface. 


Buff sand any that remain with 220-grit and then touch up the spot.

Posted 2013-06-20T11:53:18+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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