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I am wanting to refinish my currently stained wooden stairs. My first hope was to be able to sand them down to bare wood and restain them. I quickly figured out that due to the ridges in the wood I would end up compromising the wood too much and coat my entire home in dust so I’ve since relegated to painting them. They did have a fairly heavy coat of lacquer on them which I have stripped/sanded off to some degree.

I had read somewhere previously that as long as you roughed up the finish you could use a floor paint over top without having to prime. Is that true? I’m worried because in some areas I am already at bare wood and others not so I’m assuming I will need to prime it all and then paint?

It’s kind of mess right now so I just want to make sure I’m on the right track. If I do need to prime would I need an oil based primer instead of water? Would floor paint be a best bet? And what type of lacquer/top coat would be most durable?

Thanks in advance!
 

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I am wanting to refinish my currently stained wooden stairs. My first hope was to be able to sand them down to bare wood and restain them. I quickly figured out that due to the ridges in the wood I would end up compromising the wood too much and coat my entire home in dust so I’ve since relegated to painting them. They did have a fairly heavy coat of lacquer on them which I have stripped/sanded off to some degree.

I had read somewhere previously that as long as you roughed up the finish you could use a floor paint over top without having to prime. Is that true? I’m worried because in some areas I am already at bare wood and others not so I’m assuming I will need to prime it all and then paint?

It’s kind of mess right now so I just want to make sure I’m on the right track. If I do need to prime would I need an oil based primer instead of water? Would floor paint be a best bet? And what type of lacquer/top coat would be most durable?

Thanks in advance!

Clean with clean rinising degergent.
scuff sand with 150 grit, vaccum dust.
prime with benjaminmoore 024 or equivalent.
2 coats of a latex or oil based porch&floor enamel.
 

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Perfect, thank you! Pretty much what I thought, just wanted to make sure. So you don’t need to cover the paint with anything as long as it’s floor paint enamel?
 

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Nothing helpful to add, but a former neighbour of my F-in-L is a graphic artist (more artist - the graphic part pays the bills) and the stairs were painted when he bought the house. Rather then sand they down, he painted them to look like oak. I wish I had a picture but even if you get your nose right down, you simply can't tell.


BTW, is your avatar pic a Puli?
 

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I have a ton of wood in my house already so I’m okay with having to paint them. I’m tying it in with the gray cupboards I have in my kitchen. My pic is actually a duckling in my daughter’s hair. She chose to put it on there lol.
 

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I have a ton of wood in my house already so I’m okay with having to paint them. I’m tying it in with the gray cupboards I have in my kitchen. My pic is actually a duckling in my daughter’s hair. She chose to put it on there lol.

Oops. Small pic + small screen. Please don't tell her I said it looked like a breed of dog. :vs_frown:
 
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