Natural wood stairs look great, but they can be slippery to walk on in socks. To avoid this hazard, you can use a “non-skid” finish as a topcoat on stair treads.
No-Skid Compound â€” The key ingredient in this finish is “Intergrip No-Skid Compound” from Interlux. It’s available through Jamestown Distributors for about $9 per half-pint can (800-497-0010; JamestownDistributors.com).
This compound is a marine-grade product that’s mixed with paint to add extra grip to boat decks, docks, and other slippery surfaces. It looks like common table sugar and is nothing more than fine plastic beads that produce a textured surface.
Applying the Finish â€” To create your own non-skid finish, start by finishing the stair treads like you usually would. I used stain and four coats of a water-based floor finish. Then, mix a small amount of the compound with a pint of the same finish (Photo, below left). This amount of Intergrip is actually less than what’s recommended for marine applications, but it’s plenty for this job. This creates a non-skid surface without obscuring the wood.
After mixing the finish and non-skid compound, simply brush it onto the treads (Photo, below right). Only apply it to the center portion of each tread (where people will walk), and use painter’s tape to establish a fine line between the non-skid and the surrounding finish.
|First, pour a half-tablespoon of the no-skid compound into a pint of finish, and mix thoroughly.
||Then brush the finish onto the part of the tread that gets walked on. Painter’s tape creates a clean line.
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