If your stairs are made from wood and you are satisfied with the color, the foremost and easiest solution is to varnish them. The Sherwin William water-dilutable parquet varnish is the optimal choice for varnishing stairs and railings. The stairs and railings must both be wear resistant after painting, so I only use and recommend quality materials and complete the job in several steps to ensure prolonged surface protection.

Varnishing Wood Stairs and Railings

With new stairs or railings, when the wood is varnished for the first time, it must first be sanded so the surface is very smooth and then an application of thin varnish is needed so as to better penetrate the wood. I dilute the parquet varnish making it 20-40% thinner for this first coat. After the application on the raw wood, I let the varnish dry and seep into the pores of the wood. This allows for the varnish to permeate all the threads in the wood. There might be some pieces sticking out after drying, so I sand the surface to get rid of them.

Tips for Painting Stairs

As for the second coat, now the normal varnish can be used. Only after 3 coats will the surface of the wood be completely smooth, which is also necessary to create the abrasion resistant surface. Between every coat I lightly sand the surface to make sure the varnish sticks adequately. Sanding, of course, is not needed after the last coat of varnish.

If you really want precise work; we advise taking apart the stairs or painting before assembly.

Renovating Old Stairs and Railings

If the wood has already been varnished once, we have to use a slightly different technique to renovate stairs and railings.

Grey Varnish for Stairs

The preparations for revarnishing depend on the degree of wear on the wood. If the wood has been worn down to a grey color, it requires a thorough sanding. The wood needs to be sanded until the healthy brown color of the wood can bee seen. I always do this difficult task with a sanding machine, so I suggest that you leave this part to a professional local painter in the Saint Augustine area. Call now: 1(904)217-9681

If the stairs are not too worn and just need an aesthetic refreshment, the wood only needs to be sanded in one layer. The prepared smooth surface needs to be painted with water-dilutable parquet varnish in 2-3 layers in both cases. For especially nice results, a thorough dusting is also a necessity. For this, the surface should be wiped down with a special cleaning cloth. Appropriate ventilation is also important, but make sure not to create too much air flow because the wind can bring in tiny dust particles that get stuck on the varnished surface and prevent a mirror-smooth finish.

Renewed Stairs in New Colors

If you are tired of the color of your wood stairs, lets change it up with the help of Sherwin Williams paints! I bring new color to stairs using a solvent-based thin glaze and following the general steps to glazing wood. If the surface is varnished, I first remove the varnish with a sanding machine because the wood will not absorb the glaze otherwise. After glazing, the wood can be varnished again.

If you want a color completely different from the color of the wood, enamel paint can be used. It should be expected; however, that enamel paint wears a lot more quickly than glazed or varnished wood, so it needs to be repainted every 1-2 years.

If the stairs have already been varnished, solvent-based enamel paint must be used.

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