How Do I Paint Wooden Stair Treads?

Wooden stair treads can be a difficult area of the home to paint and when it isn't properly prepared can lead to the peeling and chipping of the substrate. Tikkurila have a range of products for flooring but we always recommend seeking technical advice from our team first. Some of our options are noted below.


  1. Otex Akva (for bare wood)


  1. Multistop Internal blocking primer if required (ensure left to dry for 24 hours before topcoat)


  1. Betolux       (solvent based gloss finish)
  2. Betolux Akva         (water based semi-gloss finish, this quick-drying floor paint allows for a fast turnaround and re-commissioning of the stairs)

Lacquering Options for wooden stair treads

  1. Unica Super 20, Unica Super 60 or Unica Super 90, depending on sheen level required (solvent based option)
  2. Parketti Assa 20, Parketti Assa 50 or Parketti Assa 80, depdning on sheen level required (water based option)

NB, if colour is required before lacquering, Parketti Assa Stain can be applied before topcoat of lacquer.


It is particularly important when painting interior floors to allow the paint to dry and cure before use. Consult the technical data sheet of each individual product for details but in general you should be able to walk gently on the floors within the first few days, but it can take several weeks before the paint is fully cured.

If you require more advice on painting over wooden stair treads, give our technical team a call on 0131 334 4999 or send them a message here


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