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Painting Stairways is really no different in preparation than Painting any other room... follow all the steps that we outline in Set-Up and Prep and Paint before you start...

  • stairwaySome Stairways have high ceilings and you will need to use your 8 ft Extension Ladder for Brushing these high areas... be sure to use a Pot Hook to hang your Paint Can from the Ladder... hang it at your waist level...
  • If you need to use the ladder to reach the side walls, you can CLAMP (using c-clamps) a short piece of WOOD extended to the end of ONE LEG of the ladder, so it can properly set on the steps sideways...
  • The Hand Rail should be left attached and the top most surface should be Taped... use the Hand Rail to STEADY yourself as you move up and down the stairs...
  • Using 1 inch Masking Tape, Tape the Steps, Carpet or Baseboard whichever is required...
  • Cover the Steps with a Long Narrow Runner Dropcloth (called a "Runner" 4ft x 20ft) and starting at the bottom, "Walk It Up" by stepping on it on each step until you reach the top...
  • Priming surfaces is usually NOT required... see our section on Priming for more information...
  • Paint the Ceiling then the Walls... following the Techniques for Roll Ceilings and Walls and Roll Walls ...
  • We recommend using a Semi Gloss or Satin Finish for Durability in Stairways... and using the SAME Color for both Walls and Ceilings is the best way to do the job...
  • Using a short (15 inch) Extension Stick with your Roller Handle will work well in Stairways...
  • Exercise CAUTION as you move up and down the stairs, use the Hand Rail to STEADY yourself...
  • Finally remove all Tape and Drop Cloths and Clean-Up ...
  • Now if the Steps require Painting... Paint them... Paint whatever is required... Stringers, Risers, and/or Steps... but leave a little unpainted area on each Step, so you can walk on them... then Paint these areas too as you move up (or down) to finally end up at the top or bottom as required...
  • Acrylic Paint takes 1-2 hrs to dry to the touch and about 14 days to fully cure...

Family Rooms---Wallpaper

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tip When you reach a good "break off" place, STOP working and "Square-up" ...don't leave a MESS... so that your job will be READY when you return to finish it! [read all the tips]

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