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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAINTING A STAIRCASE ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAINTING A STAIRCASE

Is your staircase looking grey and showing signs of wear? Do not panic! You don't necessarily have to buy a new staircase and go through long replacement work. A practical and economical solution is to paint the stairs. With a little paint and craftsmanship, your wooden steps will look like new! 


What Paint Should I Use To Paint A Wooden Staircase?

To paint a wooden staircase, it is important to use very resistant paint. A staircase undergoes intensive use, and the paint must therefore be resistant to any test. HQC Vinyl Matt Emulsion Paint is ideal for painting stairs and wooden floors, and it can be used on a wide range of surface. The paint also has the advantage of drying quickly, so you don't have to wait too long before you can use your stairs.

How to proceed will depend on the condition of your staircase. Read our instructions below for three scenarios.

  • Repaint an old wooden staircase whose paint is still in good condition
  • Repaint an old wooden staircase whose paint is in poor condition
  • Painting a new wooden staircase

Before you start painting a staircase, check its condition.

1a. To paint a painted or varnished wooden staircase in good condition, follow these steps:

  • Remove any stair carpet.
  • Degrease the stairs thoroughly using Formula MC neutral (and an abrasive sponge ), rinse and dry with a cloth.
  • Sand deeply with sandpaper (grit 150) 
  • Dust using a “half-moon brush” and remove any residual dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Use a filler to fill in any small holes (e.g. nails in the stair carpet), and sand carefully.
  • Dust off with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Mask the parts not to be painted with gold tape.
  • Basecoat Multiprimer using an Anza roller.
  • Matify with a sanding pad and dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Putty any cracks or nicks.
  • Finish off with two to three coats of an Anza roller. Between coats, matt with a sanding pad.


Painting a staircase 

1b. to paint a painted or varnished wooden staircase in poor condition, follow these steps:

  • Remove loose layers of paint using Paint off Classic stripper.
  • Sand deeply with sandpaper (grit 150).
  • Dust using a “half-moon brush” and remove any residual dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Mask the parts not to be painted with gold tape.
  • Basecoat Multiprimer using an Anza roller.
  • Matify with a sanding pad and dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Putty any cracks or nicks 
  • Finish off with two to three coats of using an Anza roller. Between coats, matt with a Scotch Brite sanding pad.

  1. How to paint a new staircase?

To paint an untreated wood staircase, do the following:

  • Sand deeply with sandpaper (grit 150).
  • Dust using a “half-moon brush” and remove any residual dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Mask the parts not to be painted with gold tape.
  • Basecoat Multiprimer using an Anza roller.
  • Matify with a sanding pad and dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Putty any cracks or nicks.
  • Finish off with two to three coats using an Anza roller. Between coats, matt with a sanding pad.

Finding The Right Colour For Your Staircase

A light coloured staircase is often more subtle than a dark staircase. If you choose to paint your staircase a light colour, you can add a host of intricacies and interesting contrasts. Why not combine a light coloured staircase with a darker wall or a brightly coloured wall? As the staircase is used primarily for passage, a dark colour is also a safe bet!

If the walls of the stairwell are white and you have a beautiful wooden staircase, do not hesitate to paint it a dark colour, it will be an eye-catcher every time and quickly become the centrepiece of your room. Corridor!

The more creative can also use wall stickers to personalize the staircase and give it a unique look.

Is your staircase looking grey and showing signs of wear? Do not panic! You don't necessarily have to buy a new staircase and go through long replacement work. A practical and economical solution is to paint the stairs. With a little paint and craftsmanship, your wooden steps will look like new! 


What Paint Should I Use To Paint A Wooden Staircase?

To paint a wooden staircase, it is important to use very resistant paint. A staircase undergoes intensive use, and the paint must therefore be resistant to any test. HQC Vinyl Matt Emulsion Paint is ideal for painting stairs and wooden floors, and it can be used on a wide range of surface. The paint also has the advantage of drying quickly, so you don't have to wait too long before you can use your stairs.

How to proceed will depend on the condition of your staircase. Read our instructions below for three scenarios.

  • Repaint an old wooden staircase whose paint is still in good condition
  • Repaint an old wooden staircase whose paint is in poor condition
  • Painting a new wooden staircase

Before you start painting a staircase, check its condition.

1a. To paint a painted or varnished wooden staircase in good condition, follow these steps:

  • Remove any stair carpet.
  • Degrease the stairs thoroughly using Formula MC neutral (and an abrasive sponge ), rinse and dry with a cloth.
  • Sand deeply with sandpaper (grit 150) 
  • Dust using a “half-moon brush” and remove any residual dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Use a filler to fill in any small holes (e.g. nails in the stair carpet), and sand carefully.
  • Dust off with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Mask the parts not to be painted with gold tape.
  • Basecoat Multiprimer using an Anza roller.
  • Matify with a sanding pad and dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Putty any cracks or nicks.
  • Finish off with two to three coats of an Anza roller. Between coats, matt with a sanding pad.


Painting a staircase 

1b. to paint a painted or varnished wooden staircase in poor condition, follow these steps:

  • Remove loose layers of paint using Paint off Classic stripper.
  • Sand deeply with sandpaper (grit 150).
  • Dust using a “half-moon brush” and remove any residual dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Mask the parts not to be painted with gold tape.
  • Basecoat Multiprimer using an Anza roller.
  • Matify with a sanding pad and dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Putty any cracks or nicks 
  • Finish off with two to three coats of using an Anza roller. Between coats, matt with a Scotch Brite sanding pad.

  1. How to paint a new staircase?

To paint an untreated wood staircase, do the following:

  • Sand deeply with sandpaper (grit 150).
  • Dust using a “half-moon brush” and remove any residual dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Mask the parts not to be painted with gold tape.
  • Basecoat Multiprimer using an Anza roller.
  • Matify with a sanding pad and dust with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Putty any cracks or nicks.
  • Finish off with two to three coats using an Anza roller. Between coats, matt with a sanding pad.

Finding The Right Colour For Your Staircase

A light coloured staircase is often more subtle than a dark staircase. If you choose to paint your staircase a light colour, you can add a host of intricacies and interesting contrasts. Why not combine a light coloured staircase with a darker wall or a brightly coloured wall? As the staircase is used primarily for passage, a dark colour is also a safe bet!

If the walls of the stairwell are white and you have a beautiful wooden staircase, do not hesitate to paint it a dark colour, it will be an eye-catcher every time and quickly become the centrepiece of your room. Corridor!

The more creative can also use wall stickers to personalize the staircase and give it a unique look.

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