How do I paint stairs without making it slippery?

If you want to paint your stairs but have concerns about how slippery the final result will be, don’t worry. You can mix a slip-resistant additive into your paint to provide extra traction and reduce the risk of slipping.

Slip-resistant additives don’t change the color of paint, but they give it a small amount of texture to increase friction between the stair and your foot. Of course, even stairs that have been painted with slip-resistant paint are likely to be more slippery than carpeted stairs, so you should still take care when going up or down them.

You’ll want to mix your slip-resistant additive into the paint you are using following the instructions on the packet to ensure you get the correct ratio. If you don’t have enough additive to make all your paint slip-resistant, you can paint the treads of the stairs with the anti-slip paint and the rises with untreated paint.

Before you start painting your stairs, sand them down to create a fresh surface that the paint can stick to. You can either use an electric sander or a handheld sanding block to prepare your stairs, although the electric sander allows you to work much faster.

When painting your stairs, it’s a good idea to apply painter’s tape to the walls on either side of the staircase and to any other adjoining surfaces that you don’t plan to paint. This tape protects these surfaces from stray brush strokes and splashes of paint.

Using a large brush, paint each stair tread with the anti-slip paint. Leave the stairs for at least a few hours to give them time to dry. If the coverage isn’t as good as you hoped for, apply a second coat of slip-resistant paint to provide an even finish. When your stairs are completely dry, try carefully walking up and down them in socks, bare feet and shoes to test out the slip resistance of the paint.

Ready to paint your stairs? You can get everything you need in a DIY paint kit from Paintzen. Alternatively, we can organize a painting crew to handle the job for you, too.

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