staining stairs, how difficult is it
Not looking for perfection but reasonable results. Please share your experiences, thanks.
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I highly advise against doing it in sections. Start your stain in the morning and leave your windows open/bathroom fan running to ventilate. You do not want to be in the house while it is drying as there are solvents in the stain and is harmful when inhaled.
May 23rd, 2019 10:43 am
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May 23rd, 2019 11:14 am
ughh...no..please dont' do thatBigDurian wrote: ↑ As others have said, it isn’t difficult, but very labour intensive. Red oak is an open-grained wood so you will need to go over each step with wood filler (the flooring type) to fill the grains or it will look very rough. This adds another step of sanding before you can stain. When applying poly you’ll want to have the a/c off and windows closed to limit air movement or you’ll end up with a bumpy finish from dust settling on the floor. Good suggestion before to get some scrap wood to practice on. Good luck.
May 23rd, 2019 11:19 am
The stairs are unfinished (installed brand new), that should make sanding much easier.GTArenovate wrote: ↑ Removing the previous finish is a very laborious task. If you have an oscillating and random orbital sander and block sanding sponges, you can attempt to try it yourself and stain a small portion of it. The staining component is not difficult, just be ready to have plenty of rags or towels to remove excess stains.
What I would highly recommend is buy some test pieces of red oak and experiment with the stain as it can fluctuate from one brand to another (Sherwin Williams vs Benjamin Moore vs Minwax etc).
Yes the wood is bare, I am pretty good with painting and know what’s involved, for the stairs I definitely want to avoid the mess, not necessarily looking for perfection but it needs to be done to an acceptable level. Don’t want to mess it up and pay double for fixing my mistakes.pinkdonut wrote: ↑ I would compare staining 1 flight on stair similar to painting about 1500sqft of wall in terms of time and effort.
That's assuming the wood is completely bare and no clear coat/sanding needed.
If you have to sand and strip the finish, that would more than double the work and mess. (i.e. think of instead of just painting the wall, you need to mud, tape and sand it as well)
And just like painting, it is not difficult if you aren't looking for really good result. It is very time consuming tho unless you don't mind it looking like a complete mess.
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My understanding was that I would wipe the wood with wet cloth so it opens up the pores and absorbs the stain better, if there is an argument to do something else I am all ears.
Plan on getting good quality stain and poly.
May 23rd, 2019 3:40 pm
Wetting the wood is not for the pores open up and absorbs the stain.
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May 24th, 2019 9:34 am
How much did this job cost you?resan wrote: ↑ It's a tough job even for a hard worker and a good contractor. I witnessed the entire project when I hired a contractor do the job for 4 full days straight on my 16 step oak staircase. I replaced the pickets from wood to wrought-iron. End was pretty good and it was money well worth. It even got to a point where I was gonna tell him enough sanding LOL.
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Yea $4000 is a pretty good price if it includes the wrought iron balusters. I did the stairs myself and the wrought iron balusters already cost $1200. I have 80 balusters - a combination of the "S" being most expensive at $20/pc. The other pieces are $15 and $10.75. I replaced the treads with 2" purpleheart wood and plexiglass riser for that open concept look.