An update on the project aiming to strip the paint, sand and varnish
pine stairs. I am only doing threads and risers. Stairs are leading
to front door and I want to paint them clear-satin (natural wood
look). I am not particurarly bothered with them being slippery - there
are no children and I can always have rubber strips or something
similar. I will post pics along the way and ask two questions at the
I have started with stairs painted white on both sides. Sanded top
step with random orbital sander but found this very ineffective (paint
clogging sheets) and dangerous (possible lead paint).
your advice, I used Nitromors instead to strip the paint and
here is the result:
, I got to my random orbital and delta sander again and prepared
stairs for varnishing:
1) wood on both sides is a bit lighter than wood in the middle
(particurarly noticable on risers). I can't help with sander anymore.
Will this darken equally under varnish or do I need to pre-stain the
sides with something ?
2) I plan to use polyurethane varnish (I need sth low maintenence and
long lasting). Should I use water or solvent based one ? Visiting
local shed there are only two:
- Ronseal diamond hard and
Both water based (because they say to clean the brush with water).
Looking at screwfix there are two as well:
one looks like it's solvent based. What would be your choice ?
I don't mind if it takes long to dry, toughness is my priority.
any help much appreciated,
- posted 12 years ago