HOW TO PAINT A STAIRCASE
If you’re looking to transform a staircase without breaking the bank, a fresh paint job can do the trick.
Step-by-Step: Painting a Staircase
Step #1: Clean the Staircase
Vacuum your staircase to remove any dust or debris. Using damp cloths and warm soapy water, thoroughly clean your stairs, handrails and spindles. Allow the entire staircase to dry.
Step #2: Prepare the Staircase
Place your drop cloth around the bottom of the staircase. With your fine-grit sandpaper (220-grit) and sanding sponge, sand the spindles, handrails, and any other wood surfaces to smooth them before painting. Vacuum up any sanding dust and wipe down your sanded surfaces with a damp cloth. Apply painter’s tape along your staircase and wall border.
Step #3: Prime the Staircase
Using Fresh Start® High-Hiding All Purpose Primer, apply an even layer of primer to the entire staircase, starting with the handrail and spindles. Work your way down from the top of the stairs. Use a small paintbrush for fine details and cutting in paint, a large paintbrush for bigger areas, and a roller for spindles and handrails. Let dry.
Helpful Tips• Make sure your primed staircase has dried completely before you step on it to begin painting. It may be best to prime one day and paint the next.
• Consider using STIX® Waterborne Bonding Primer for painting non-walking surfaces that require a bonding primer, like handrails, spindles or risers with an existing polyurethane finish.
• You might want to consider consulting a professional for elevated areas of your staircase that are difficult to reach.
• If you just want to paint staircase walls, this process is similar to painting interior walls.
Step #4: Paint the Staircase
Paint the handrails and spindles first using ADVANCE® Interior Paint. Cut in paint with a small paintbrush, then switch to a roller. Start from the top and work your way down.
For the treads, risers, stringers, and nosing, paint with Floor & Patio Latex Enamel, or use INSL-X® Cabinet Coat for the risers and stringers only. Let dry.
Helpful Tips• Consider staining your treads with Lenmar® Wood Finish and painting the rest of the staircase using ADVANCE® Interior Paint. Your local Benjamin Moore® retailer can recommend the best stain and paint options for your project.
• Can’t decide on a color choice? We’ve got you covered with staircase color ideas and inspiration.
• Check the back of the paint can for information on dry and cure times.
Step #5: Apply a Second Coat of Paint
Using the same method, apply an even second coat of paint. Remove your painter’s tape as soon as you’ve finished your final coat.
Helpful TipIt’s important to remove tape immediately after painting, as tape can damage wood surfaces like risers, treads and handrails if left on too long.
Allow paint to cure completely before putting the staircase to use.