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  1. #1
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    Default Refinishing fir stair treads

    I removed the carpet from my 1920's staircase to find layers upon layers of oil based paint. I started with a chemical stripper and have moved on to a heat gun. The wood is damaged slightly in some spots but can be filled. The wood seems quite dry and brittle. I'm wondering if I should continue removing all the old paint from the treads or if I should just prep to paint over it rather than stain? I'm not sure if stain is a viable option at this point. I'm in a little over my head unfortunately.

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    Default Re: Refinishing fir stair treads

    Unless you are a glutton for punishment, just prep it and paint it again. If the stairs were originally painted, the pigment will have gotten deep into the grain and you will probably never get it totally clean.

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    Default Re: Refinishing fir stair treads

    Stain is not an option at this point.

    Now you know why the stairs were carpeted.

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    Default Re: Refinishing fir stair treads

    I have seen some pictures of stairs where the treads were painted black or dark brown while the risers were painted white. It can be a classy look. In most cases like you they had hoped to refinish and stain, but found too much damage and or lead paint.

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