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Old 10-07-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

I have a curved staircase and my risers are currently painted. I would like them to be oak to match my treads and risers.

I am assuming you cannot replace the actual risers without removing the stairs since they are a structural part.

Do I basically just need to glue and nail some thin 1/8" oak plywood over what I already have and then finish the top of it with an oak quarter round?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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Yes you can buy veneer in rolls. It's usually about 1/16th thick. There are 2 types, the type that already has an adhesive back which you iron on or the regular one which you apply the adhesive. There are plenty of websites out there that sell it too.

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Old 10-07-2013, 11:42 AM   #4
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I am assuming the only way to do this properly is to remove the treads and risers first? I don't see how else I can get it to fit nicely if not.

I have used the iron on type before just to put an edge banding on cabinets and I don't like it too much.

I am worried about getting bubbles in it.
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You may tear up more than you want to by removing the treads and risers. If I had built the stairs the parts would not come up easy at all.
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Fit templates first and use them to cut your veneer.
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Without a picture(s) -
Kind of hard to tell what you should/can do.
As "BigJim" said - " If I had built the stairs the parts would not come up easy at all".
(Maybe, he should have said - NOT!)
If they're "housed" stairs - bad things await!
(DANGER!!!)
You'll probably destroy the treads and risers - no matter what type of stairs!
Consider "stripping" them - and refinishing them -
(There's a whole lot of fun!)

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What do you mean by "housed" stairs?

My treads have some black stains on them, possibly from some previous water damaged. I would like to replace them anyways, or at least some of them. So if some of them get slightly damaged I'm not too worried.

In my mind, you need to install the veneer on the wall stringer before the actual treads and risers since they need to butt up right against the stringers.
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I thought you were doing the risers as stated in your 1st post. But you are doing stringers?
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I thought you were doing the risers as stated in your 1st post. But you are doing stringers?
My apologies, I meant stringers all along. I was sure that's what I had typed. My bad.

Yes I am doing the stringers. Eventually I may replace the treads and risers as well but for now the stringers are what I would like to get done.
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If you're planning on replacing other parts later, just wait til then.
For now, paint would work wonders.
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If the treads and the risers "die" into the stringers -
probably "housed" stairs.
If the tread sticks out past the outside stringer -
it may not be "housed".
We always use some type of glue/adhesive - lots of it -
to help fasten the treads and risers.
(No fun to try and take apart!)
If what you're talking about is the face of the outside, stringer -
apply veneer.
Or - strip it and stain it.

A picture would help.
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Here are the pics:

Wall stringer:



Outside stringer:



Sorry for the quality.

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Rebuilding the whole stairs will get the result you want.

Paint them a darker color maybe?
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Rebuilding the whole stairs will get the result you want.

Paint them a darker color maybe?
When you say rebuild the stairs, you mean removing the entire staircase completely?

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