Painting or Staining Exterior Wood Stairs - September 14th 2007

Painting or Staining Exterior Wood Stairs

Q. Once a year we have to totally sand down, prime, and paint our wood stairs at the front of our house. Last year we again sanded & applied primer & porch paint, but it has all bubbled & flaked off too! Is there an easier solution?

A. Keeping wood finishes, stain or paint on wood outdoor steps in our Canadian Climate can be a frustrating experience. Here is a tip that works for me. When sanding to prepare for stain or paint, use 40-grit sandpaper. This will enhance the wood with a rough texture allowing the finish to hang on. We tend to want to sand our wood to a very smooth finish giving the finish nothing to hang onto. Always to remember to do all sides of the wood, give it a try.

It's Just That Easy