Seeking advice on refinishing handrails, spindles and stairs
After removing old carpet on stairs, I found the treads were bare 2x10 pine (or spruce?) and risers are bare MDF. There is 1/8" gap between the risers and treads. Due to limited budget, I decided to paint the stairs and refinish the oak handrails/spindles. Here is my plan:
- Fill nail holes and sand treads.
- Sand handrails to remove existing polyurethane
- Apply primer. Then paint treads and handrails with dark chocolate latex paint. 2 paints I'm considering are : http://www.sherwin-williams.com/painting-contractors/products/catalog/porch-floor-enamel/
- Apply 3 coats of satin polyurethene for extra protection. sand lightly between the coats.
- Cover risers with 1/4" plywood paint with white Sherwin Williams trim paint - ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel. I have some leftovers when I did the baseboards a while ago. It's great product.
- Sand spindles to remove existing polyurethene
- Paint spindles with white Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel
Is the plan feasible? without too much experience with stairs and handrails, I'm a little bit nervous. My questions are:
- How to remove existing polyurethane efficiently? Shall I remove the handrails and spindles for this?
- Did I select the right paint?
- Can I apply polyurethane on top of latex?