finishing stairs

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Old 12-23-07, 08:51 PM
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finishing stairs

All,

I need some advice.

We will be moving into a new house in a few months. Builder is going to leave our stairs unfinished. We'll need to match color of these oak stairs to the pre-finished oak hardwood that will be installed by the builder on the second floor.
I realize perfect match would be impossible to achieve.. but how should we approach this?

I also have a question on the sequence of finishing job, do I have it right? So far I plan to do the following:

I uderstand I need to do coats of
SEALER-STAIN-TOP COAT, but unclear of how many...

- sand by hand with 120 grit sand paper
- vacuum
- wipe with dry (or wet?) rug

Coat 1 - sanding sealer
- apply sanding sealer with a brush
- wait to dry

- sand with 220 grit paper and wipe with a clean rug

Coat 2 - stain
- apply stain with a cloth
- wait to dry

- sand with 220 grit paper and wipe with a clean rug

Coat 3 - PU top coat
- apply polyurethane with a brush
- wait to dry

sand with 220 grit paper and wipe with a clean rug

Coat 4 - PU top coat
- apply polyurethane with a brush
- wait to dry

DONE



I am also told I'd have to re-paint the walls, because the water based stain is very runny and splashes everywhere...
 
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Old 12-23-07, 10:14 PM
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You don't use sealer, if your going to stain. You want the cells open to accept the stain. The stain is the sealer.
 
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