|Forum topic by Dave11||posted 12-06-2015 07:14 PM||516 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
12-06-2015 07:14 PM
I’ve got a stairway that needs of a lot of work. House was built in 1951. Stairway goes from the garage and basement to the main floor. It sees a lot of traffic and water/snow/salt.
In the pic, you can see someone before me epoxied rubber treads to the wood, I assume due to it being slippery, or getting dirty, or both. The second pic shows what it looks like under one of the rubber treads.
Denatured alcohol and laquer thinner both cause the dark color to lift a little and coat the swab, but neither gets down to what looks like bare wood.
The white dust is drywall dust, as I’m in the middle of drywalling over the block walls on both sides.
Lastly, many of the risers are gouged in places, you can see that as the horizontal streaks in the last pic.
The color of these stairs in my opinion is way too dark. A lighter color would suit much better I think.
Would a chemical stripper be the best start, then sand if needed to get down to bare wood?
And assuming I stain them, will those gouges be reasonably well hidden? These are basement stairs of course, not the ones in the foyer, so I’m not sure how compulsive to be.
All comments appreciated.