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Old 10-18-2011, 12:36 AM   #1
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So!

I just tore up the gross berber carpet on one of my stair cases. Underneath I found pine treads and particle board risers. The treads are in decent shape and I plan on sanding them up to cut costs on having hardwood installed in their place. I'm pretty happy about being able to do most of the work myself, but...

I have absolutely no idea what to do with the risers - one is damaged pretty badly at the top, from what I can only assume happened when the previous owners put down the bamboo flooring. Should I have a professional come in and replace the particle risers, or should I purchase a veneer or just nail a thin sheet of plywood or pine over them? or???? Is there a way to repair and paint particle board? Help!!!

I'm very new to home ownership and DIY tasks, so any and all help is kindly appreciated!

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Particle board can be painted after being sealed with a good primer. With the damage & the staples, I don't think I'd bother in this case.

I think that I'd just go get a sheet or 2 of luan plywood and rip it as a veneer. Tack it up with a finish nailer, fill, sand, prime & paint.

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Thank you kindly for your response!

Would you recommend priming/painting or staining the treads? I have read from a limited google search pine doesnt like to hold paint very well (or perhaps they did not use the correct primer?) ^_^"
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The key is the prep & primer if you paint. Fill & sand as necessary and use a good primer. I'd suggest Zinsser Cover Stain or BIN. Maybe even check out their new "Zero" no VOCs line.

If you stain, you'll need to sand or strip those treads all the way down. Luan (though technically refers to one species) is usually available in a variety of species. Good quality stuff comes quite smooth and a little sanding is usually all that's necessary to stain.

It's personal preference, but the easier option is generally painting.
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Just be aware, pine is really soft and may not hold up to a lot of foot traffic.
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Thank you very much, gentlemen!

I'll be sure to post pictures of the finished project in honor of your help.
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How about tile?

Preferably the size of the riser height so you don't have to do as much cutting. I'd select a color that blends with the wood so you get the contrast but not overly done.

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