DIY stair sanding

I want to sand down my stairs. Is it okay to do this DIY or will it be to difficult? How long might it take to complete the job? 

Asked by Carol on 10th Mar 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"Hi sanding stairs is a pretty straightforward diy task. Dust is your enemy! If the paint that is on is from a long time ago it potentially contains hazardous materials i.e lead!. You must take suitable precautions against dust inhalation. A good quality respiratory mask is required not just a single use one! Try keep the area to sand dampened if poss to minimise dust getting in the air. And or use extraction if using power sanders. How long will it take....depends on how quick you work and how intricate the staircase is. . You’ll get there..."
Answered on 10th Mar 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
"Depending on your skills but most important tools and sanding paper are used. Possibly half day job."
Answered on 24th Mar 2022 - Member since Feb 2022 - report
"Yes you can do this the diy route. First I would apply a paint stripper make sure you use it safely and wear old clothes. once it’s worked it magic scrape away old paint then sand using a block of timber with sand paper wrapped round This gives you a flat surface to work"
Answered on 10th Mar 2021 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
"Sanding down your stairs (treads, risers and stringer) is an easy task. DIY might seem easy, but employing a professional like myself will make the task easier.
Remove all pins, nails, staples, grippers & screws throughout the flight of stairs. Fill all holes and cracks using chemical wood filler (dries in five mins), sand down and paint, using floor paint because of heavy traffic.
The time to do this job will depend on the quality and age of the stairs.
Two too three days complete!....?"
Answered on 15th May 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
"Hi Carol
I think you will need a power tool called a detail sander, preferably one with a dust bag attached to it. Detail sanders are triangular in shape to get into the corners.
Answered on 10th Mar 2021 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
"It is okay to do this DIY, depending on the length of the stairs it could take couple hours."
Answered on 26th Mar 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
"No it is a labour of love but can be achieved with the right grit sandpaper and at differ intervals. go for it"
Answered on 15th Jun 2022 - Member since Oct 2021 - report
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