The Stair Riser How to
Tools & Supplies
Lint Free Rag
Mini nap roller
1” angled sash brush
Stained Stair Tread Touch-ups
If your stained stair treads are looking a little worn with nicks and scratches, repair them quickly and easily with a Varathane Touch-Up Marker.
- Thoroughly clean the stair tread with a light spray of Krud Kutter Cleaner/Degreaser and wipe down with a clean cloth.
- Once dry, shake the Varathane Touch-Up Marker well, and then lightly apply the stain to scratches, allowing the stain to sit on the surface for a minute to blend in with the existing stain.
- With a clean, dry, lint-free cloth, gently wipe any excess stain away.
- Allow stain to dry before walking on the surface.
- Using painter’s tape, mask off stair treads, side stringers and any spindles that are in close proximity to the risers.
- With a lint-free cloth, wipe all stained wood or previously painted riser surfaces with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off. This cleaner is specifically designed for high-gloss or hard-to-stick-to surfaces, and is perfect for prepping a substrate before painting without the need for sanding.
- Using a high-quality brush, cut into all edges of the riser, and while the paint is still wet, roll into the cut lines with a mini nap roller over the entire surface to completely coat the riser.
- Allow to thoroughly dry before applying a second coat.
Painted Trim and Stair Risers
Add a splash of unexpected personality to your staircase by painting the risers with a fresh new hue.
DIY TIP: If you’re painting wood spindles, clean and prep first with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off to eliminate the need for sanding!
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