should i install stained stair treads before or after white risers and white side stringers

by D R
  7 answers
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 25, 2012
    are you building these stairs up from "naked" stringers or is this a "skin" being applied. Normal stair construction begins at the bottom...with a tread then a riser is set on that then the next tread up is is a overlapping type of method similar to shingles on a roof.
  • Paint first, then stain. Then you can touch up the paint once done.
  • Ana M Ana M on Apr 26, 2012
    after then touch up
  • D R D R on Apr 27, 2012
    these stairs will be on naked stringers. now they have (2) tempoary 2x4's for each tread, which will be removed. they have no risers at this time.
  • D R D R on Apr 27, 2012
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 27, 2012
    sider stringers should go in first...then work you way up from the bottom Alternating risers and treads. You can "pre-stain" + varnish (poly) the treads ahead of time to eliminate some of the stain "bleed through" that often happens when taping off the white.
  • D R D R on May 01, 2012
    Thanks for all the answers -- problem solved