advice on painting old interior garage wood stairs


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Old 05-05-21, 10:25 AM
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Question advice on painting old interior garage wood stairs

Looks to be pressure treated wood and is 17 years old. They have never been painted and/or treated as far as I can tell. Over years of use oils (from hands) and dirt has caused them to have this shiny look (visible in one picture). I'd like to paint them a gray color but not sure which paint to use nor how to prep the surface. Also I'd like to make sure the steps are painted with a durable paint and somehow add a rough surface to prevent slips. The garage is not a conditioned space.

In a perfect world I'd like to avoid sanding the wood if possible. I can do primer coat before paint if that's recommended.

Looking for recommendation for paint and process as I'm not a pro painter.
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Old 05-05-21, 10:50 AM
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2 coats of an oil base floor paint would be the most durable. While not imperative it would be a good idea to sand it a little first. The grit additive for paint works well but will wear off the heavier traffic areas. IMO it's better to add those grip strips.
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I would use Murphy oil and clean them up and polyurethane them
 
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I'm not sure poly will adhere well over Murphy's oil.
 
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probably not but i wouldnt paint something that pretty.that wood needs to be seen not hidden
 
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Old 05-05-21, 11:13 PM
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You have an indoor deck so it's not going to get the harsh treatments from being outside.

I would definitely not paint, that is just setting your self up for more maintenance and being in the garage it will get dirty and a painted surface will show that more than stain.

All you need is a 1/4 sheet sanger and some 200 grit paper to clean up the treads and area where hands have touched, Wipe down with a wax and grease remover and use a good stain, if you made it for all those years untreated a little stain work will bring it back to life!
 
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good points guys. @Marq1, which stain would you recommend? The garage is getting a gray epoxy floor, perhaps I can keep the wood look and stain it a gray wood color?
 
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There are basically 2 ways to go with stain; either deck stain [and call it done with 1-2 coats] or an interior stain which would require a couple of coats of poly applied over it.
 
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Got it so lightly sand the whole thing, wipe down with wax and grease remover and apply deck stain... any suggestions for a gray tone deck stain?
 
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Go to your local paint store and pick one. There are many shades of grey to choose from - most will be custom tinted.
 
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Old 05-07-21, 04:07 PM
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Love those gray floors!!




 
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Thanks guys. Will do. @ Marq1, very nice. I notice yours is shiny did you do a clear topcoat after the paint chips?
 
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No, it was just the finish of the material, the chips just lay flat and give a lot of texture to prevent it from being slick with water!
 
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