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Old 06-14-2007, 05:24 PM   #16
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I like to put on three coats then let it dry for a few days before I sand and put the final coat on. 220 sandpaper will be just fine. Use a microfiber cloth dampened with water to wipe them down before last coat.

Be sure and post a pic when your done.

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Old 06-16-2007, 01:11 PM   #17
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Take a look. The stringers still need to be primed and painted, but my mom is gonna do that herself. They were painted, then it seems as though they put a gel stain on the paint to TRY and match the stairs. HORRIBLE! I just sanded them down so there were no bumps and such..
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:58 PM   #18
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Sorry it took me so long to get in here but they look great.
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:23 PM   #19
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Cabinet scrapers are good for removing most of the finish. Same as the scraper mentioned earlier. Basically, just a piece of steel with a knurled edge.

Corners and crossgrain sanding can be tricky. The corners need special attention because they may look sanded but when you put the stain on you see a line.

Sanding crossgrain can be done, just use a lighter paper crossgrain until the finish is removed. Then use a heavier paper, with the grain, to erase the sanding marks from the lighter paper.

Water base poly is very thin compared to oil poly. It also bubbles very easily.

Quick dry poly dries very fast, thicker coating, tones out nicely over time and is a lot smoother to the touch.

Do it yourselfers may like the stain,seal,finish all-in-one product (minwax).
This product gums up quick, not as much working time and much less forgiving than straight oil stain. Too me the look is more un-natural than straight stain and seperate finish.

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i have been hesitant to attempt my stairs, and just happened across this thread. thank you--i think i'm prepared to tackle the job, now.
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I too am in the process of refinishing my hardwood stairs. It's a lot of work, but I' m ready to do it. Thanks to the posts. It has helped a lot. Thanks Big Dave! I will post before and after pictures.
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I too am in the process of refinishing my hardwood stairs. It's a lot of work, but I' m ready to do it. Thanks to the posts. It has helped a lot. Thanks Big Dave! I will post before and after pictures.
heather, couple of things..
1. Make sure your heat or ac is off.. You do not want any dust getting in there and being blown all around.
2. Seal off the work area as best as you can, because the dust will find a way out.
3. Be prepared to be covered in wood dust..
Good luck..
And be prepared to enjoy those steps once your done.!!!
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I have old upright registers so that won't be an issue and being from NY it is still quite cold, so no AC right now! I will seal off the area and I am prepared to be covered in dust! I own an old Sears Robuck home, built in 1908. I have much refinishing to do as there has been a lot of paint added over the years! Thanks for the advice! All of my floors have to be done too. The house was forclosed on a few years back and the previous owners allowed the fridge to defrost and water ruined the hardwood as well as the pipes that burst. I will be asking many questions along the way. Thanks again.

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