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Old 03-13-2012, 12:11 PM   #16
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I wouldn't use water based products either, but don't know what the op will use.

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Old 03-13-2012, 03:27 PM   #17
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well..i do have two active kids..7 and 4..I just love the look of white and dark stained stairs...an
what products would you suggest? are there any that people swear by?
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Minwax, satin polyurethane, and a high gloss white if thats what you want to do.

I would look at a Sherwin Williams product for the white, you can buy the poly anywhere.

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I hate to give this advice, especially on this forum, but that sounds like a job for a professional. Stain AND paint, new construction - brother, there are so many ways this could go wrong. The fact that it is expensive is a clue - it's a lot of work and it takes considerable skill to make it look right.
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lol...really?
Now im in doubt
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #21
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Now im in doubt


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Don't let me stop you if you have your heart set on doing it, but this is an especially tough project because you don't even have the option to follow the pattern of the previous painter. And if it gets spoiled, it is twice as much work to restore it as it is to do it right the first time. It's manageable for a diyer who already knows painting and staining, but a brute of project to try to learn.
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Old thread, but I was wondering if anyone knew why it is recommended to stain first?

I have a painter doing my risers and stringers but planned on staining the newel post and handrail when he's done.
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Stain gets on the paint. Nearly impossible to avoid if you want the stain to look right. And paint will go right over it so paint last or you will have flashing issues.
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Stain gets on the paint. Nearly impossible to avoid if you want the stain to look right. And paint will go right over it so paint last or you will have flashing issues.
Got ya.

As mentioned in my other post, since the treads are already done I am thinking I can get away with painting the risers/stringers now and then stand the post/rail after.
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One suggestion. Consider your lifestyle and your decor...if you have kids, pets, etc...and then consider staining the risers as well as the treads.

White risers are magnets for scuff marks from shoes and generally show every bit of dirt on them or every bit of pet hair in front of them.

Just something to think about before you hit the point of no return
Good point.... but it sure looks great when clean....

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