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Old 08-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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If this is a duplicate, please feel free to direct me. Here's what I have going...
A real nice old curved staircase, with some serious patina. I like patina, so that's ok to stay. However, on the edges, particularly where the spindles are attached, it's gone beyond patina into "why did you destroy these stairs?". So my plan is to paint the risers and the sides of the treads, and leave the middle of the treads alone, sort of forming a runner kind of look.

The issue I'm having is that I'm unsure of what sort of painting and sealing products to use. Sanding and prepping is not an issue for me. I'm thinking of using just standard latex on the risers and the edges of the runners, then putting a few coats of clear floor poly over the whole thing. Might even use some wallpaper to dress up the risers a bit too...assuming something exists that will withstand the abuse.

ADthxVance for your help...
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You can use basically any paint you like, and use a clear coat that is spec'd to protect painted finishes, as far as compatibility. I've clear coated loads of paint finished surfaces.
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thx for the help! ... one thing tho....are there products on the market that will stick to both raw wood AND painted surfaces?
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Yeah, just go to a regular paint store and tell them what you need. Good luck wiggly.
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