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Trimming exposed stair case edge

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11-18-13, 09:13 AM   #1  
Trimming exposed stair case edge

We are attempting to trim the edge of an exposed staircase, i.e. you can see the stair-step pattern from the side. Currently we need to cover the front of the riser and the top of the tread by about 1/2" to hide the edge of the vinyl plank flooring we used, and the side of the riser and tread by at least 2.5" to cover the original tread/riser that we cut flush to install the vinyl plank flooring. There are no stair mouldings available for the "luxury vinyl plank" flooring (Casa Moderna) we used. Laminate mouldings are too thick and do not fit.
We were planning to use the baseboard trim and cut 45 degree angles to fit the stair-step pattern. This is proving to be very difficult because (of course) the stairs are not exactly level and plumb to result in 90 degree angles.
Would stair skirt trim be the answer?
We are looking for alternative ideas please!

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11-18-13, 04:27 PM   #2  
You probably should have installed a stair skirt on the sides first, then fit the flooring in between the sides.

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11-19-13, 04:47 AM   #3  
Need a picture so we can see what your seeing.
Biggest mistake I see is trying to use vinyl plank flooring over the treads. Not what it's intended for.
It needs room to expand and contract.

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