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Old 07-09-2019, 08:23 AM   #1
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Using Melamine paint on new oak Floor risers


I am thinking of priming the stairs with an Oil based primer and then sponge rolling on two coats of white melamine paint.

Is this the best way to do it? Should I be using Melamine paint?

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Re: Using Melamine paint on new oak Floor risers


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I am thinking of priming the stairs with an Oil based primer and then sponge rolling on two coats of white melamine paint.

Is this the best way to do it? Should I be using Melamine paint?

Thanks

Use a porch and floor enamel...
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I agree with P&D enamel but disagree with painting the treads white as you'll never keep them clean and paint will show wear quicker than poly will.
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Re: Using Melamine paint on new oak Floor risers


Sorry, I am just referring to the risers (not the treads). The treads I have Floor grade Varathane.

The Risers, I am thinking Oil based primer and then foam rolling on two coats of white melamine paint.

Is Melamine paint the right way to go or would it chip?
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I assume they currently have poly. I'd sand lightly and apply a coat of solvent base primer, sand lightly when dry and apply 2 coats of your choice of enamel. Most any decent enamel will adhere and preform well over the primer. I'd likely use SWP's ProClassic waterborne enamel.
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No poly, as the title states "Using Melamine paint on new oak Floor risers".

I have bought Melamine which says "Waterborne acrylic enamel" on the label.

I guess I am good then

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Sorry, I misunderstood. If they haven't been installed yet you can save a lot of time priming and applying the first coat of enamel prior to installation.
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Ah, yes I will do that.

Thanks again
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Re: Using Melamine paint on new oak Floor risers


RPCIAM......

I agree with the above posts...and I guess with your acrylic enamel..... but I've never seen a "Melamine" paint enamel....who makes it...is it any different than any acrylic enamel.....like what does it cost...(somewhat an indication of quality...)

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You could also use thin melamine boards for the risers. Cut them clean and glue them in place.

Or, you could white tile on the risers. Just butt them together and use mastic. No need for grout.

I am planning on painting my risers and then stenciling the names of our favorite ski areas on them. Gotta find someone who has a crickut printer and vinyl to print on.
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hmm, I bought this stuff but after reading the reviews online, I am rethinking it:

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/p...-0488642p.html

It sounds like Rustoleum makes it also.
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I've never heard of that paint but the odds are it will be ok. Other than toe kicking smudges it's not like the risers are subject to wear. I've always found it easier to touch up the risers than try to clean off the smudges.
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Yes, good point.

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Another possibility is using white board material or white board paint. Ben Moore makes some and I am sure there are others.

Or just paint it in Satin or Semi-Gloss 100% Acrylic paint or Acrylic/Alkyd paint. Or if you don't mind cleaning up with mineral spirites, 100% Alkyd paint.
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While I've painted countless risers with oil base enamel it's not something I would recommend. Oil base whites will yellow and while it is more scrubable than latex or waterborne enamel it's a lot harder to touch up.
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