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Old 10-21-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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peeling paint on exterior stairs


I have wooden stairs that were painted with a grit-type paint, but apparently without priming. It is peeling off badly. I want to remove the old paint, prime the wood and reapply.

Any tips for quick removal of the old paint? If I had a long time, I could peel it off with my fingers because it is so loose. Is priming and repainting a good idea?

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If it's so loose that you can peel it off with your finger nails, then a SHARP paint scraper should make the job go quickly and easily.

If it wuz me, I'd scrape the old paint off, sand down any grey weathered wood until you get clean solid wood, prime with an EXTERIOR ALKYD primer and top coat with an EXTERIOR ALKYD paint.

Also, considering these are steps, they could be slippery when wet. You need to add traction grit to your paint to ensure they're not. If it wuz me, I would give the whole set of stairs two coats of paint, and then apply another coat with traction grit to the tops of the steps only. Apply the first coat of paint within 24 hours of priming, and each coat of paint within 24 hours of the preceding coat (for good inter-coat crosslinking). Apply earlier if the previous coat is dry enough.

(I've never used traction grit, so you'll have to get advice on how to use the stuff from someone else. I THINK you just scatter it into the paint when it's still wet. Sherwin Williams stores sell a traction grit called "Shark Bite", so if you can phone up any Sherwin Williams store, someone there should be able to tell you how to use traction grit with paint.)

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Thanks for your advice. It sounds good, but a lot of work ;-) Because it peels off so easily, and because of what you said, you saved the cost of a sander!
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