Correctly paint stairs with stair lacquer

When painting stairs, it depends on the clean workmanship and the thorough preparation for the right paint. The steps must be as anti-slip and abrasion-resistant as possible. Special stair coatings do this, if they are processed precisely according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Underground and old coatings

Amongst the materials that can be used for stairs, wood and concrete steps are the common materials that receive a stair coating. In both substrates, the porosity and absorbency must be taken into account and counteracted accordingly.

If the steps already have a layer of lacquer or paint, the grinding of the stairs and / or the stripping off are usually unavoidable as preliminary steps. Paint closes off the surfaces, which prevents breathability in wood. If you want to leave stairs open, you can varnish the stairs as an alternative. Often a glaze is preferably used when restoring the stairs.

How to paint stairs

  • Abrasives 80, 200 and 400 grit
  • Primer or primer according to step material
  • stair varnish
  • stain
  • masking tape
  • sander
  • Delta or corner grinder
  • Acid resistant painter's quast
  • Natural bristle brushes
  • Paint roller with lint-free roller made of synthetic fibers
  • Acid-resistant gloves
  • Respiratory and eye protection

1. Preparations

Sweep the stairs off thoroughly and remove any coarse dirt. If you tap the other components, such as cheeks and railings, before sanding or pickling, you can avoid surface damage.


Begin sanding off, step by step, with the 80 grit. Start in the corners and edges and finish the surfaces. Increase the grain size of 200 and 400 grit.

3. Pickling

Coat the steps according to the manufacturer's instructions with the acid-resistant painter's quast. Only work with gloves, respiratory and eye protection and ensure good ventilation.

4. Priming

After dust-free cleaning, paint the primer or the primer on the steps according to the manufacturer's instructions.

5. Painting

Apply the stair coating according to the manufacturer's instructions and pay attention to the thinnest possible jobs. With the last job you seal the stairs.

Tips & Tricks

The result when painting depends on the order type. Always follow the principle that the thinner each layer is, the better the finish will be.

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