How to Paint a Stairs
1. Sand your floor – either just the part you will be painting, or if the whole do yourself a favour and rent an orbital sander. And please, wear protective goggles and a face mask! And so you don’t have to do it again, seal off the room as best you can.
2. Now it’s time to clean like you’ve never cleaned before! Mix one part bleach with three parts water and mop your floor – that will kill any mildew that might be lurking about (especially important if you’ve ripped up carpet to do this). 20 minutes later, mop it again with warm water and detergent. Resist the urge to eat of the floor…you’ve got work to do! Let the floors dry thoroughly (about 12 hours)
3. If you’re painting a design, tape your pattern and fill the areas in with a small roller. Be sure to remove the tape before the paint is completely dry.
4. Cut the edges with your trim brush, then use a ¼ inch roller and apply two thin coats – and wait 24 – 35 hours between coats.
5.If you used the right paint, you should not need to seal it. But if it’s a high-traffic area, you might want to finish it off with a coat of clear water-base polyurethane to protect it.
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