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Old 11-14-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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Good morning,
I am just about finishing our staircase, but I have a big dilemma about what kind of poly sheen should I use on it.
I tried semi -gloss and satin by Minwax. I don't know which one should I use for the tread and a newels and railing. We are going to replace the balusters for rod iron.
Anyone can guide me what is the normal finish coat? Please don't tell me" this is up to you".
Durability, easier cleaning, or to able see the dust?
I can use all help, thanks!
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What sheen are the painted risers ? Any other wood floors in the house? Maybe go with the same for the polly.


Unless your trying to match something else, It really is just personal preference. I like satin in most situations, but if you have a lot of semi gloss trim in the area it could look dull in comparison.

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This is a very modern house, I personally don't like the super shiny things. I used Door and trim smart paint by CIL. WE are going to have a new hardwood floor(Maple light) , and we asked for the less shiny one. (Sorry I don't know the correct term for it).
Also, do I have to put poly on the white finish as well?? Won't make it yellow?
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It sounds like satin would be the best fit for what your going for.
No, you don't need to put Polly on the white painted risers, the Minwax would give it a yellowish tint.
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It is nice looking staircase for black color dust will be seen clearly.
nice work really you have done. Thanks
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I like gloss. It sounds like you don't. So go with the satin. I will look good next to your wrought iron.
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I like satin as to me it shows less smudges from hands and dirt. However I would stay away from Minwax poly. I would go with Bona Mega or Bona Traffic for waterbornes. If you can stay off the stairs or do them in parts, I love Waterlox for its ease of application and its ability to be touched up. Minwax Poly, though easy to get, just does't have the luster. It leaves wood plastic-y looking IMO.

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