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Old 03-20-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm looking to paint/stain my basement stairs. I want to stain the pine treads and paint the risers black. What would be the best way to do this? Sanding, cleaning, how many coats and of what? My 1st house, just built in the fall, so the stairs are new, not sure if this matters. The risers are white now, there different from the treads so I don't think there pine. any help on this project would be great. Thanks

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If it was built in the fall, the first question that came to mind, is how did you protect the treads" The Risers could be Pine, they could be something else. The best thing is to go back and ask the GC.

If it was a part of the build, they should have had the Painting Sub-Contractor do the steps.

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Scuff sand everything. Then a coat of poly on the treads, black paint on the risers. Wait for drying, repeat. Ron
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Scuff sand everything. Then a coat of poly on the treads, black paint on the risers. Wait for drying, repeat. Ron
To stain pine or if it could be pine you need to use a conditioner first. Pine will stain blotchy if you don't. To save numerous coats I would prime the risers gray, Glidden makes one called Gripper that comes in gray, or you could have one tinted. Maybe I should say you don't need the conditioner for paint.
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Definitely do the treads first. If they are new and fairly clean a light sanding in the direction of the grain will suffice as prep.
Stain and finish the treads following the directions for the products your using, especially in regards to drying time.

After the treads are done and have dried for a few days they can be taped off to paint the risers. Or you could just cover the treads and free hand the paint if your pretty handy with a brush.

Any stain or varnish that gets on the risers while doing the treads needs to be scuff sanded before priming the risers.
I like Tool's suggestion to use the grey tinted gripper. It works well.
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As TS stated, a pre-conditioner sure helps even out the stain and helps you avoid blotchiness. Is it foolproof? No, but it does help, especially if you're new to the staining game. Great advice given so far.
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Even with the conditioner I'm rarely satisfied with stained pine. Be sure to do some test on scraps before you commit.

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