Painting tips for a difficult stairwell

Painting tips for a difficult stairwell

In our 2 year old home we have a two-story stairwell that has been waiting to be painted since the day we moved in. I was able to talk my father into making the 2 hour trip to our house to help us with this challenge. He brought with him a heavy duty extension ladder, a very sturdy 2” x 12” x 12’ plank and a gallon of Floetrol. I already had in my arsenal all of the paint brushes, rollers and paint that would be needed. One new item I had recently purchased, but had not used yet, was a Shur-line adjustable extension pole I purchased at Lowe’s. The pole attaches to the end of a paint roller handle in order to reach taller heights. My father set the ladder on one of the stair treads and leaned it back against the back wall of the stairwell. Then he set the plank on one of the ladder rungs and the other end of the plank set on the stair landing. To raise the height of the plank up a little more to be able to reach the top of the wall, we then gathered a few scrap pieces of 4”x 4” posts that we had recently cut and set those under the end of the blank on the landing. We did some patching and sanding of nail pops and other imperfections on the dry wall before starting any painting. Then he proceeded to trim around the tops of the walls at the ceiling and around the doorframes. Because of his years of experience he could do this freehanded, but for most people, you may want to tape your baseboards, doorframes and the ceiling where it meets the top of the wall. He then rolled on the first coat of paint and let it dry over night. The next day he took the Floetrol and mixed it with the paint and then proceeded with the second coat. This was the first time I had heard of Floetrol, but I got to see it in use. Floetrol is a latex paint additive. It helps to eliminate brush and roller marks and allows paint to adjust to extreme hot or cold temperatures and even high humidity (great for bathroom applications). It also extends the drying time of paint, which can be handy when you are trying to create faux finish effects on a wall, or in the case of my project, paint a wall that spans two floor levels. FLOETROL AT LOWE’S My father used the brand new Shur-line extension pole to reach all the way up the wall to the ceiling. After he used the adjustable pole, he said that it really made this particular job much easier. He was able to reach all the way to the top of the wall and as he drew the roller down toward the stairs, he was able to retract the pole to a shorter length in the narrow stairwell. He liked it so much he wanted to know where I bought it because he was going to go pick one up. SHUR-LINE EASY REACH EXTENSION POLE In short, when tackling a hard to paint area do your research, tap the minds and experiences of those you know with more knowledge about painting challenging spaces and have the right tools.

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