Staining wood stairs?

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Old 06-24-18, 12:23 PM
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Staining wood stairs?

Not sure where to post this, never really done this kind of work before

I am removing carpeting and have a picture of what the stairs are with the carpet removed.

I am not sure what type of wood it is and how nice it will look if sanded and stained or if there are any other suggestions. It looks like a really simple job, but I just want to make sure I'm not forgetting something

One thing of concern may be that there are support nails nailed into the sides of the stairs and into the staircase railing/support

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xJ...oFWKCugoRYL9g2
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1t9...LpabPaPChudiiu

any thoughts?

eta, that small wet part is my attempt to clean it a little before taking the photo, i didn't have any rags on hand
 
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Old 06-24-18, 12:42 PM
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Those are just pine treads, and they look pretty beat. You would need to sand the heck out of them before you stain. Not only would you want to remove the paint drips but you would also need to sand any previous finish off in order for the stain to penetrate into the wood.
 
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ok thank you, so is it worth the effort to sand and stain or is there a better way, like to cover them with some kind of flooring... wood-look laminate?
 
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Old 06-24-18, 02:27 PM
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Best thing in your case would probably be a stair tread cover (overlay).
 
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Agree with the stair tread overlay. Not only do you need to sand the snarky out of those threads, they will have nail holes most likely from carpet tack strips and such that will complicate the final result. Are they open box treads or closed box treads?
 
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If I understand the question correctly, they are open box treads

Each plank of pine measures about 32.5" x 11 x1 3/8" and there are 14 of them
 
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They do make kits for overlays on open box treads. But the pine treads are most likely beyond repair if previously carpeted. You can spend some time on one tread and see if you can get it looking nice. But the number of nails and staples used in carpeting will make the tread look like swiss cheese. So, experiment and then look into stair overlays. They come finished and unfinished for your review.
 
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yep, some of the pine treads are beat up.. some even have a split going across them


thanks for the help, i will look at either re carpeting or tread overlays
 
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