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Textured Paint for Stair Safety

Rough up slippery steps with these step-by-step instructions.

If your outdoor steps are a little too smooth for safety, coat them with floor enamel and a nonslip additive. Here's how to do it:  

Materials and Tools:

paint tray
paint roller
stir stick
orbital sander with 80-grit sanding pads
clean work towel
dust mask
plastic gloves
polyurethane floor enamel
all-purpose cleaner
paint thinner
nonslip additive


1. Clean stairs with all-purpose cleaner and a brush, and rinse thoroughly. Dry the stairs with a clean towel.

2. Once the stairs are clean and dry, roughen the surface with an orbital sander using 80-grit paper. This is an important step, since the paint will adhere better to a rough surface.

3. Wipe stairs down with a clean towel moistened with paint thinner to remove any residual dust.

4. Mix a nonslip additive into exterior floor enamel and blend thoroughly with a stir stick.

5. Pour paint mixture into a paint tray and apply with a roller to create a textured surface. Allow the paint to dry at least 24 hours before using the steps.

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