How to repaint a staircase ? The method !

A wooden staircase can give character to a house. To bring it up to date, if you are tired of rustic, choose to paint it with a color in harmony with the decoration of the room. Here are the different steps to repaint your staircase.

First step: the necessary tools

To repaint your staircase, you will need an undercoat product and a can of floor paint for wood suitable for frequent use. To apply the paint, you need a flat brush and a medium-haired roller. The cleaning of the staircase will be done with a vacuum cleaner, a sponge, Saint Marc laundry, a cloth, sandpaper (70/120 and 220). A paint tape will be used to delimit the area and a tarp or a worn sheet to protect the spaces around. Gather all these tools and move on to the next step.

Second step: prepare the stairs

Start by dusting the entire staircase, wiping the balusters and banisters and vacuuming the steps, paying particular attention to the corners and nooks. For complete cleaning, clean with Saint Marc detergent and rinse with a clean, damp sponge.

Then proceed to stripping the paint or varnish. To do this, first use 70 coarse grit sandpaper, then use 120 medium sandpaper. For a better finish, sand the staircase using 220 grit sandpaper. glass is to rub by drawing an 8 and to follow it by a blow of cloth. Use a soft, fluffy cloth to remove the dust left by the sandpapers.

The staircase is finally cleaned, proceed to painting. Delineate the areas to be painted with adhesive tape and don’t forget to install the tarpaulin before the start of the work.

When cleaning the stairs, start with the balusters and railings, then the edges and nooks and finally the visible steps.

Third step: paint the staircase

First apply a wood undercoat and let it dry. Once dry, apply the first coat of paint and wait 3 hours before applying the second coat. To properly apply the paint, start with the balusters and railings with the paintbrush. Always with the same tool, do all the nooks and crannies and use a semi-long pile roller for the rest.

Good tips

If you must use the stairs, paint every other step. So you can still use it and when the painted steps are dry you can move on to the rest.

To make the paint penetrate well, always paint in the direction of the grain of the wood. You will have a better result.

Start painting from the top of the stairs.

Your staircase is finally ready and you can be proud of your work. You have saved around €20 to €30 in labor per square meter by having done the work yourself and expect around €40 for a can of paint covering 30m².

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