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Old 04-12-2017, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Product Selection Suggestions Needed

I'm refinishing the 90 year old Douglas fir stairs and railing in my home. Treads and hand rail will be stained, risers/skirting/jewels/balusters will be painted white.

I need some suggestions on product selection. I plan to dye stain/gel stain the treads to match my surrounding millworks. From there, I will mask them off and spray primer/paint/topcoat.

What primer would work well for hiding/filling the open grain of Douglas fir?
I was considering a flat white paint for the items to be painted and then spraying all surfaces with a satin or semi poly floor finish. I'd hope to find compatibility with a General finish or Bona water based floor finish.

Floor poly isn't as slippery as traditional, plus light traffic after 6 hours is essential since it's my only access to the 2nd floor.

Any thoughts or comments?

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A majority of all interior wood work I do is finished with pre-cat lacquer. Only places I really use poly anymore is in restaurants or hospitals.

I hear water borne lacquer is the new bees knees....

For interior raw wood making the transfer to a painted finish, I always use Sherwins Easy Sand primer. It's oil base that builds up nice and sands super smooth (great coverage and will definitely save on labor getting it ready for topcoat)
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