What to do with stairs?

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Old 07-03-17, 03:22 PM
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What to do with stairs?

Hi there! I am new to this but this forum is very helpful.
Can someone recommend me what to do with the stairs, see photo. Can I use rust inhibitor spray? Then I need to prime it and paint it over, right? My goal is to make sure it will not break in a long run. I don't care if it doesn't look nice. Like the lower part of the stairs were in a bad shape and we had to call a contractor to patch it. So now, I want to prevent it for the rest of the stairs. What should I do?

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Old 07-03-17, 03:30 PM
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I'd wire brush/wheel them down to remove most of the surface rust and then brush on a good oil base rust inhibitive primer followed by 1-2 coats of oil base enamel brushed [or mini roller] on. Paint straight out of a gallon or quart is a lot thicker and offers more protection than any coating in a rattle can.
 
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Thank you Marksr! yes, I was also thinking about similar sequence of steps. One question is how to clean it from dirt and dust before I prime it and paint?
 
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Clean it with a rag soaked in mineral spirits. It will remove all the dust, dirt and grease.
 
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Old 07-04-17, 01:03 PM
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I believe if you add Japan Drier to the paint it will help the oil based enamel dry quicker so the steps are not out of commission for an extended length of time.

You can probably power wash to clean up in advance of painting.
 
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Japan drier works well to speed up the drying time of oil base paint BUT if you add too much it will suck the sheen out of the paint. Be sure to mix it in well.
 
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