But if the stairs are currently painted then the paint will need to be removed first. More than just about any interior painting project painting stairs requires proper prep work.
You will need to tape off areas that will not be repainted sand away the coats of paint present and then apply a special primer before adding at least two coats of glossy paint in the color of your choice.
Sanding and staining stair railing. Paint stripper which costs around 20 for half a gallonwant mineral spirits at 10 for a gallonsandpaper starting with 100 grit which is 4 to 5 for a pack of threea profile sander which you may want to rent because it can get into any nooks and crannies on the railinga stain type and colorbrushes. Although you are not trying to strip the existing finish off it is good practice to sand thoroughly with 150-180 grit sandpaper over all the stair railings stair banisters newel posts and stair parts that will be stained darker. No need to sand after this step.
It really doesnt matter which tool you use as long as you are comfortable with the process. After masking and cleaning it is time to sand the surfaces. If you are renovating your home or completing a new home your stair railings may need to be when the stain is dry use the sandpaper to lightly sand away any imperfections and rub them.
If any upright or portion of the railing system feels rough to the touch it can benefit from a light sanding with a sanding tool fitted with fine-grit. By far the most popular choice today many homeowners are painting over their stained stairs and railings. Staining is an excellent choice as well.
How much sanding would be required on painted stairs for the gel stain to work. Lightly run your hand over each railing. You should sand the railings until the surface is dull.
Always apply water-based stain with a synthetic brush and oil-based with a natural. Its up to preference. When you are ready to apply the stain to your stair railing or treads pick a rag or a brush to use to apply the stain.
The surfaces are often taped and tarped and then sanded to remove the shiny clear coat.