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Temporary Stairs: Skidproofing and Staining

Posted by edlincoln (My Page) on
Wed, May 29, 13 at 11:04

I built a set of temporary stairs last winter out of what I think is pressure treated wood. Do I have to stain it or something?
Also, where can I get small quantities of skid proofing paint.

It doesn't have to look great, I'm looking for "quick and dirty" solutions. The catch is, it is a small project, and many of the products I look at are sold in quantities that are much too big.

Does clear spray epoxy skiproofing in a can do anything to waterproof the wood, or wood I have to use it after I stain?

If I use a spray can of wood preservative, would that prevent me from doing a proper staining job later?

Is it OK to use these projects the day after a rain storm? It's not at my house, so there are logistical issues.

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RE: Temporary Stairs: Skidproofing and Staining

Do not treat the wood before application of the non skid paint.

I have lots of experience with non skid coatings on various surfaces. For PT wood, the main challenge is dimensional change over the seasons. The paint must be able to withstand cracking when the wood expands, and not peel off.

The basic concept is to have clean wood and use a high quality exterior grade primer. 1-2-3 zinsser works well. Allow to dry all day in the sun before recoating with non-skid.

For the non-skid paint, a good method is to use a 2-part floor epoxy, and mix in some clean sand after it's been stirred together. The amount of sand is up to you. As long as you can still roll it on.

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